Miya’s Law: New version of bill to be presented in Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A new version of Miya’s Law will be presented in Tallahassee on Thursday morning.

Sheriff’s deputies found the body of Miya Marcano behind Tymberskan apartments last October.


Deputies believe the person responsible for kidnapping and killing her was Armando Caballero, a maintenance worker at Arden Villas where she lived, who later committed suicide.

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In the beginning, the law included mandatory national background checks for apartments’ staff and a key log for workers entering and leaving a home.

That’s no longer the case.

The new version of the bill will only include a 24-hour key access policy with consent of the renter in emergencies or if that person isn’t there for a lengthy period of time.

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As far as Marcano’s mother is concerned, the new bill isn’t enough.

“Everything has to be prioritized. Not just one over the other,” she said.

Rep. Robin Bartleman agrees.

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“What’s interesting is in a lot of these apartment complexes, you have to have a background check to live there but you don’t have to have a background check to hold a master key for those units,” Bartleman said.

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Q Mccray

Q McCray, WFTV.com

Q McCray is an award-winning general assignment reporter.