(PALMBEACHPOST) — TALLAHASSEE — After an impassioned debate, the Florida Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would restore a popular adoption-subsidies program — while repealing a 38-year-old law that banned gay adoption.
By a vote of 27-11, senators passed the measure (HB 7013), which would provide cash incentives to state workers who adopt children in Florida's foster-care system, especially children with special needs.
Restoring adoption subsidies — which were dropped in 2009, during the economic downturn — was part of the “Work Plan 2015” jointly announced in January by Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli. The bill would provide $5,000 payments to government workers who adopt foster children, with the payments increasing to $10,000 for the adoption of children with special needs.
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