Sen. Dennis Baxley

Florida is the first state to statutorily recognize eldercaring, a court-ordered dispute resolution process for aging persons and their families that promotes respect for the voices, autonomy, and safety of older adults.

Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, and Rep. Brett Hage, R-The Villages, sponsored the legislation, which won unanimous approval of all committees and subcommittees of reference and on the floors of both houses during the 2021 Legislative Session. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed CS/CS/HB 441 on June 4 and §44.407, Florida Statutes, became law on July 1.