Now I Get It: What is the Baker Act?

In the aftermath of the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a little-known Florida law has taken center stage - the "Baker Act." Formally known as the Florida Mental Health Act of 1971, it's named after former state Representative Maxine Baker, who sponsored the act and was chairperson of the House Committee on Mental Health. So what is the Baker Act?

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