Aaron Bean introduces bill to help special needs children in court
Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, makes a point on the Senate floor Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo by Phil Sears)

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State Sen. Aaron Bean introduced his first bill ahead of next year’s Legislative Session, and it’s one that could help special needs children in courts of law.

The Pro Bono Matters Act of 2018 (SB 146) is designed, per a press release from Bean, “to provide case related due process costs to attorneys who provide pro bono services to dependent children with special needs.”

Bean contends that there currently is a service gap for those children.

“My hope is that this bill will encourage attorneys to offer pro bono services to a dependent child with certain special needs,” Bean asserted. “Removing the costs associated with volunteering to take the case could increase the number of attorneys who step forward to help these children.”

Bean’s bill would allocate up to $1,000 per child per year to appointed attorneys and organizations, including pro bono attorneys, to cover litigation-related costs, including expert witnesses, depositions and filing costs.

This bill is supported by the Florida Guardian Ad Litem program.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at AG@FloridaPolitics.com

One comment

  • Alan Abramowitz

    August 18, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Sen Bean is doing great thing for children in foster care. Last year, Key to Independence and “Being a Foster Parent is a Walk in the Park”. Thanks also to Rep Frank White for being House Sponsor.

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