Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1430 By Senator Taddeo 40-01492-18 20181430__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to plea agreements in cases involving 3 child deaths; creating s. 921.144, F.S.; requiring 4 that a state attorney make a written statement 5 justifying a plea agreement in a case involving the 6 death of a child in certain circumstances; providing 7 an effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Section 921.144, Florida Statutes, is created to 12 read: 13 921.144 Plea agreements; deaths of children.—In a 14 prosecution for an offense in which the victim of the offense 15 was a child who died as a result of the offense, if the state 16 attorney makes a plea agreement with the defendant for a plea of 17 guilty to an offense that is of a lesser statutory degree or 18 that otherwise would subject the offender to lesser penalties 19 than the offense initially charged, the state attorney must 20 provide the court with a written statement of the reasons 21 justifying the plea agreement. 22 Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2018.