House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, will hold a news conference Wednesday to address what his office describes as a “fatherhood crisis” in the state, as the House prepares to take up a bill that includes an initiative

Sprowls Takes Aim At ‘Fatherhood Crisis’ In Florida

House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, will hold a news conference Wednesday to address what his office describes as a “fatherhood crisis” in the state, as the House prepares to take up a bill that includes an initiative to boost fathers.

Sprowls is scheduled to be joined at the news conference by Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, and Rep. Thad Altman, an Indialantic Republican who is sponsoring the bill (HB 7065).

During a floor session later Wednesday, the House could pass the bill, which, in part, would direct the Department of Children and Families to contract for the development of a “Responsible Fatherhood Initiative.”

Also, the bill would require the department to provide grants to non-profit community organizations to address the needs of fathers.

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