August 14, 2022

Florida legislature passes ‘Miya’s Legislation,’ mandates history checks for constructing staff

The monthly bill heads to the desk of Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Nearly 6 months right after higher education university student Miya Marcano was allegedly murdered by a man who labored in her apartment developing, Florida lawmakers have passed a monthly bill mandating much better protections for tenants.

“Miya’s Law,” which passed Friday in the point out legislature, now mandates landlords and developing supervisors require history checks for all potential personnel, reinforces necessities pertaining to obtain to specific units and necessitates landlords to give tenants 24 hrs notice if a repairs want to consider spot.

State Sen. Linda Stewart, the bill’s lead sponsor, said she and her colleagues labored to ensure that what took place to the 19-yr-outdated Valencia School scholar isn’t going to take place again.

“I do hope with the passing of Miya’s Legislation, this will carry some peace to the family members and figuring out that their daughter’s dying was not in vain,” she stated in a assertion.

On Sept. 25, Marcano went missing from her apartment in the Arden Villas complex in Orlando, Florida, and was discovered dead a 7 days later in the woods. Investigators stated Armando Caballero, a maintenance worker at Arden Villas, kidnapped and killed Marcano following attaining access to her condominium applying his grasp crucial.

Investigators found Caballero dead in his apartment on Sept. 27 from an apparent suicide. They mentioned there are no other suspects associated in the killing.

Marcano’s family stated she rebuffed romantic innovations from Caballero and they accused the apartment complex’s administration of failing to handle complaints in opposition to Caballero. The administration organization stated in a statement in October that “all personnel are vetted utilizing a national history verify support” and that Caballero had “no record of burglary or sexual assault.”

Marcano’s relatives has named for stronger tenant protections and far more scrutiny of possible condominium servicing workforce.

If Miya’s Law is signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, landlords who violate the new principles could be strike with a felony or very first-diploma misdemeanor demand.

“I urge Gov. DeSantis to honor Miya’s identify and sign this perhaps lifesaving legislation into legislation,” Florida state Rep. Robin Bartleman, who was the direct sponsor of the household edition of the monthly bill, stated in a assertion.