TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The people fighting for state-wide change following the murder of Valencia College student Miya Marcano are confused over proposed changes to a bill proposed in her name.
A new version of Miya’s Law, which is pushing for greater tenant safety for renters, will be presented to a Florida House comittee on Wednesday morning.
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What started off as a list of protections could be stripped to only 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.
The new version is taking away key logs and mandatory background checks for employees that Miya’s family and supporters believe could’ve saved her life.
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Rep. Robin Bartleman said the changes are part of the legislative process, and she doesn’t think people should lose hope just yet.
Miya’s mom, Yma Scarbriel, believes there’s not a single part of Miya’s Law that can be taken out without putting renters at risk.
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Bartleman, who is sponsoring the bill, said there may not be a choice and that the fight has just begun.
“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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It’s something even the Florida Apartment Association approves of, saying in a statement in part:
“This important legislation will codify industry best practices... FAA understands that it is still very early… and looks forward to remaining engaged in the effort to pass this legislation.”
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