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Children's advocate Jack Levine remembers when he used to be an afterthought in the Capitol.
"There would be five minutes left in a scheduled committee hearing, and they'd take care of all their real business and then they'd look around and say 'Well, we've got a little time. Levine, anything about kids?' "
That was 20 years ago. Times have changed, said Levine, president of the Center for Florida's Children.
Backing him up are the latest statistics in a national report that ranks states on 10 indicators of child health and well-being.
For years, Florida competed with places such as Mississippi, Louisiana and Washington, D.C., for last place in the National Kids Count Data Book, which has been compiled for the past …