A bill that would provide a way for Floridians to donate money to the homeless whenĀ registering vehicles and renewing their driverā€™s licenses moved forward in the Florida Senate today.

The billā€™s sponsor, stateĀ Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Valrico, said that if implemented, the legislation could raise roughly $1.5 million a year to assist the homeless. Stormsā€™ bill is part of a bipartisan effort to combat the stateā€™s growing homelessness problem.

60 MinutesĀ shed much-needed light the stateā€™sĀ epidemic of homeless schoolchildrenĀ last year.Ā The subject of the program was Seminole County, Fla., where there are 1,100 homeless students in its K-12 schools. Among the most staggering numbers highlighted during the television program was ā€œof all the families without shelter in America, one third are in Florida.ā€

Earlier this month theĀ Orlando SentinelĀ reported that Central FloridaĀ officials warned ā€œthe number of homeless students in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties has ballooned 79 percent since January 2009.ā€

According to a study released by The National Center on Family Homelessness last month, Florida hasĀ one of the worst rates of child homelessnessĀ in the country.

Last year, Gov. Rick Scott vetoedĀ Ā $12 million dollars from the stateā€™s general revenue fund to the NationalĀ Veteransā€™ Homeless Support Group for ā€œhomeless housing assistance grants.ā€ The item wasĀ one of the manyĀ public assistance programs Scott vetoed.

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