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Today on Context Florida: Family Law reform, nightmare development and unhealthy child weight

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Today on Context Florida:

Judge Robert M. Evans says another dangerously flawed “Family Law Reform” bill has been once again submitted in the Florida Legislature. Many marginalized members of The Florida Bar are saying “enough is enough.” Evans believes it’s time for Gov. Rick Scott to do the right thing and form a neutral Family Law Reform Task Force to carefully study the issue and recommend fair and equitable changes to our family law statutes that if necessary, do not unjustly harm women and children.

A nightmare development scenario playing out in Palm Beach County, which Sally Swartz says is bad news for proponents of local control statewide. The worst blow of all: Counties have no choice. Florida lawmakers allow the new development and counties are forced to go along.

Dr. John H. Armstrong, Florida’s surgeon general, writes that unhealthy weight has affected children in the state well before his appointment in 2012. Combating this epidemic would become his highest priority – and it was clear that doing so wouldn’t be as simple as changing the meals served in school cafeterias. While unhealthy weight among youth is still high, the strides the Armstrong and the state has made in recent years show promise for improving a previously bleak situation.

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