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       Florida Senate - 2010                                     SB 468
       By Senator Hill
       1-00217A-10                                            2010468__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to false reports of child abuse;
    3         amending s. 39.402, F.S.; requiring a child to be
    4         returned to a parent or guardian within 3 days
    5         following a determination that an order for shelter
    6         care was based on a false report of child abuse,
    7         abandonment, or neglect; providing an effective date.
    9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   11         Section 1. Subsection (13) of section 39.402, Florida
   12  Statutes, is amended to read:
   13         39.402 Placement in a shelter.—
   14         (13) A child may not be held in a shelter under an order so
   15  directing for more than 60 days without an adjudication of
   16  dependency. A child may not be held in a shelter for more than
   17  30 days after the entry of an order of adjudication unless an
   18  order of disposition has been entered by the court. A child may
   19  not be held in a shelter for more than 3 days following a
   20  determination that the order for shelter placement was based on
   21  a false report and no other instance of abuse, neglect, or
   22  abandonment was found during the protective investigation
   23  resulting from the report. In such case, the child shall be
   24  returned to the custody of the parent or legal custodian from
   25  whom the child was removed.
   26         Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.

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