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Supporters fear changes diluting safety measures proposed in Miya’s Law

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.


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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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson,

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.

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