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Mom writes bill to end child abductions

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From Noah Pransky: They were stalked, followed, and threatened. But Carolyn Ann Vlk says the courts did nothing to protect her 4-year-old son from her estranged husband who wanted to take him back to his native Czech Republic.

“There was a warrant issued for his arrest,” Vlk said of a specific court hearing several years ago where a judge refused to require supervised visits. “The idea of allowing him – after multiple threats – unsupervised visits with our child just didn’t make sense to me!”

Vlk, a nanny by trade, has since spent three years researching child abductions in the United States and then writing the Florida Child Abduction Prevention Act. The bill (HB 787, which I track using LobbyTools) is currently working through committees in Tallahassee.

“It’s a problem that does not seem to be getting better,” said state Rep. Darryl Rouson.

HB 787 (which I track using LobbyTools) – unlike other bills in Tallahassee – doesn’t mandate anything. Instead, it would provide education to those involved in child custody and allow judges more power to limit the access of potentially problem parents. Continue reading story here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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