News Release: Commissioner Adam Putnam's Communications Office
Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Senate today unanimously passed the Keeping I.D. Safe (K.I.D.S.) Act, a priority of Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam to keep Florida’s children safe from identity theft.
“Florida will become one of only a few states in the nation to protect our children from this growing threat,” said Commissioner Putnam. “The K.I.D.S Act will allow parents to freeze their child’s credit in order to keep their identities safe for years to come. Thank you to Sen. Nancy Detert and her colleagues in the Senate for recognizing the importance of this bill to the children of Florida.”
More than 50,000 children in Florida become victims of identity theft every year, and more than $100,000 million is stolen every year from children whose identities have been compromised. The K.I.D.S. Act requires consumer reporting agencies to establish and freeze a credit record for a minor upon request by the parent or guardian. By enabling parents to freeze their children’s credit record, they can effectively block others from using it.
The K.I.D.S. Act is sponsored by Sen. Detert (SB 242) in the Senate and Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen (HB 151) in the House. The legislation was approved unanimously in several House and Senate committees and is now waiting to be heard on the House floor.
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