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Suggested State Legislation: Florida Chapter 143 of 2007 enhances penalties for existing crimes related to possession of child pornography when the offender possesses ten or more images and at least one image includes a child under the age of five; sadomasochistic abuse, sexual battery or sexual bestiality involving a child; or any video or live movie involving a child.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act establishes general criteria to protect student journalists in public schools or public colleges from censure by school or college officials because of the content of school sponsored or school-affiliated media such as student newspapers, and regardless of whether such media is funded by the school or produced on school property.

Suggested State Legislation: According to Florida legislative staff, the federal Victims of trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 enables immigrant victims of human trafficking to get certain federal benefits once their status in the U.S. is determined.

Suggested State Legislation: Texas established a Low-Income Vehicle Repair Assistance, Retrofit, and Accelerated Vehicle Retirement Program (LIRAP) in 2001 to provide incentives to repair or replace vehicles in areas that don’t meet federal air quality standards. LIRAP is tied to mandatory motor vehicle inspection, maintenance and emissions testing throughout the state.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act directs the state board of medical examiners to set up and make available, primarily through the Internet, a database of information about doctors who practice in the state.  The Act requires physicians who apply for a license to practice medicine in the state, or to reinstate or reactivate an existing license, disclose specific information that can be accessed by the public via the Internet.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act establishes a program to help people whose family members are trapped, injured or awaiting rescue during an underground mine emergency.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act creates a mortgage fraud statute with criminal penalties and authorizes the state Attorney General to take action to enforce the statute. The bill also authorizes a private right of action for violations of the statute in specified circumstances. Sections about seizing and disposing property involved with mortgage fraud can be found in the Maryland law but are excluded from this SSL draft.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act allows the state to participate in the National Mortgage Licensing System that the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators are implementing under a Uniform Mortgage Licensing Project.

This Act limits prohibits schools from offering or providing access to students in kindergarten through high school foods containing artificial trans fat. The measure applies to vending machines and schools’ food service establishments before and during school hours.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act establishes procedures for determining where jurisdiction lies in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings when the parties are not all in the same state.