DCF Press Release


State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Charlie Crist
Governor

Robert A. Butterworth
Secretary


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE
MAY 6, 2008 (850) 488-5394

Governor Crist Signs Marissa Amora Claims Bill

TALLAHASSEE- Governor Charlie Crist today signed House Bill 443, compensating nine-year-old Marissa Amora with $18.2 million for injuries she sustained as a result of negligent care by employees of the Department of Children and Family Services in 2000.

“Today, we give to Marissa and we honor her loving family for the unselfish commitment they have made, not only to Marissa, but also to other foster children,” said Governor Crist. “I applaud Senator Al Lawson and Representative Marti Coley for sponsoring this legislation and for recognizing that compensating Marissa is the right thing to do.”

Governor Crist was joined at the bill signing ceremony by Marissa’s father Rick and mother Dawn Amora, Senator Jeff Atwater, Senator Lawson, Representative Coley, and Secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services Bob Butterworth.

Governor Crist met with the Amora family as part of a Tallahassee Tuesday informal discussion at the Governor’s Mansion. During Tallahassee Tuesdays, Governor Crist meets with citizens to exchange ideas and discuss Florida’s future.

Governor Charlie Crist today signed House Bill 443, compensating nine-year-old Marissa Amora for injuries she sustained in 2000.  Attending the bill signing ceremony were (from left) Marissa’s mother Dawn Amora, father Rick and three brothers, Senator Jeff Atwater, Representative Marti Coley and Senator Al Lawson. Governor Charlie Crist today signed House Bill 443, compensating nine-year-old Marissa Amora for injuries she sustained in 2000. Attending the bill signing ceremony were (from left) Marissa’s mother Dawn Amora, father Rick and three brothers, Senator Jeff Atwater, Representative Marti Coley and Senator Al Lawson.



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