TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida House Civil Justice Subcommittee passed an amended version of legislation that would require a safe exchange location for child custody transitions on Wednesday.

The bipartisan bill, HB 538, was introduced by Rep. Joel Rudman, R-Navarre, and Rep. Hillary Cassel, D-Dania Beach, after the legislation failed during the 2023 session.

The legislation is also referred to as “Cassie’s law,” named after Cassie Carli, a mother who went missing and was later found dead after participating in a child custody exchange in 2022.

The chair of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, Sarah Kay, applauded the passage of the bill through the committee.

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