By Michelle Spitzer
State Representative Christine Hunschofsky (D-Parkland) leads a statewide charge to reduce community violence and crime.
The Democrat teamed up with Senator Shervin Shevrin Jones (D-West Park) to file a bill establishing the Community Violence Task Force.
“Adverse childhood experiences can take a long-term toll on the mental, physical and economic health of children later in life,” Hunschofsky said in a statement. “Our children deserve to grow up in safe neighborhoods. Raising a healthy, happy, and secure child builds a strong foundation for adulthood.”
The proposed task force will begin work in August 2022 and review system failures, causes of high crime rates, and violence in communities. They will also recommend solutions and strategies to improve communication between local and state government agencies. A final report would be due by June 30, 2024.
House Bill 1093 and Senate Bill 1196 still needs to go through the committee process before being heard by the House and Senate. Once that process is complete, the bill will be presented to the governor for approval.
Hunschofsky represents District 96, which includes Coconut Creek, Parkland, a majority of Margate, and the north and east area of Coral Springs.
A resident of Parkland for 20 years, Hunschofsky first served on several city committees before running for the city commission in 2013. In 2016, she ran for mayor and, since then, took on some of the city’s biggest challenges.
Hunschofsky was at the helm during one of the worst school shooting massacres in the country after 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas were murdered by a gunman.
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- Michelle Spitzer grew up in Coral Springs, attending Westchester Elementary, Ramblewood Middle, and J.P. Taravella High. She attended the University of Florida and has been a journalist for nearly two decades. As a reporter and editor for The Associated Press and USA Today, she’s covered everything from U.S. Presidents to shuttle launches to Jamie Foxx’s New Year’s Eve party.
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