Florida Senate - 2021 SB 948 By Senator Book 32-00523-21 2021948__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to child welfare; amending s. 39.01, 3 F.S.; expanding the list of incidents or injuries that 4 constitute harm to a child’s health or welfare; 5 amending s. 39.303, F.S.; expanding the types of 6 reports which the Department of Children and Families 7 must refer to Child Protection Teams; providing an 8 effective date. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 Section 1. Paragraphs (m) and (n) are added to subsection 13 (35) of section 39.01, Florida Statutes, to read: 14 39.01 Definitions.—When used in this chapter, unless the 15 context otherwise requires: 16 (35) “Harm” to a child’s health or welfare can occur when 17 any person: 18 (m) Violates s. 316.613 or s. 316.614, resulting in the 19 death of a child or the injury of a child which requires 20 treatment at a medical facility, if substantiated by a licensed 21 physician’s opinion that the violation exacerbated the child’s 22 injuries or resulted in the child’s death. 23 (n) Violates s. 316.6135, resulting in the death of a child 24 or the injury of a child. 25 Section 2. Paragraphs (j), (k), and (l) are added to 26 subsection (4) of section 39.303, Florida Statutes, to read: 27 39.303 Child Protection Teams and sexual abuse treatment 28 programs; services; eligible cases.— 29 (4) The child abuse, abandonment, and neglect reports that 30 must be referred by the department to Child Protection Teams of 31 the Department of Health for an assessment and other appropriate 32 available support services as set forth in subsection (3) must 33 include cases involving: 34 (j) A child who was not properly restrained in a motor 35 vehicle pursuant to s. 316.613 or s. 316.614 and the improper 36 restraint exacerbated the child’s injuries or resulted in the 37 child’s death. 38 (k) A child who was left unattended or unsupervised in a 39 motor vehicle pursuant to s. 316.6135 and such action resulted 40 in an injury to the child or in the child’s death. 41 (l) Reports from emergency room physicians. 42 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.