House sends Detert’s identity theft bill to the governor – Sarasota Herald


In a 119-0 vote, the Florida House today sent a bill to Gov. Rick Scott that is designed to protect Florida children from identity theft.

Sponsored by Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, and Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, R-Fort Myers, the bill (SB 242) would let a parent or guardian create and then place a freeze on the credit records of their children up to the age of 16. Parents would have to pay up to $10 to the credit reporting agency for the freeze.

The measure, known as the Keeping IDs Safe (K.I.D.S.) Act, was also backed by state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

“With the passage of the K.I.D.S. Act, Florida will be one of only a few states to keep children safe from the growing threat of identity theft,” Putnam said in a statement.

Putnam’s office has estimated that more 50,000 children in Florida become victims of identity theft every year. Bill supporters say by allowing parents to freeze their children’s credit records, they can block others from using it for identity theft.

The Senate voted 39-0 for the bill in late March.



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