|By Isadora Rangel, Treasure Coast Newspapers, Stuart, Fla.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The bill's last committee hurdle was a stop this week in the
Although the House has passed its version of the bill, Clemens said there's little chance the
The amendment would have replaced those regulations with a task force to study the welfare and safety of residents.
Residential neighborhoods in
There's little evidence that shows crime has increased in areas where the homes are located, but neighbors say the homes can hurt property values.
"There have been some very legitimate issues raised," said Negron, a Republican whose district includes
Recovering drug and alcohol addicts are protected by federal anti-discrimination laws, so local governments cannot ban sober homes from residential areas.
The homes normally accept insurance payments, which are likely to increase under the Affordable Care Act, she said.
"As long as the Affordable Care Act offers limitless funding, the industry will continue to flourish and grow," Berger said.
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