Law enforcement officers and victim advocates play an integral part in helping victims and their families deal with the effects of crime. This week, I was thrilled to commend such exceptional public servants during the National Crime Victims' Rights Week ceremony. On Wednesday, Governor Scott joined me to honor five law enforcement officers and four victim advocates for their exceptional dedication.
Also this week, two bills that will better protect the public passed in their respective committees. On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee passed a bill that will greatly increase the tools available to crack down on pill mills and prescription drug abuse. Rep. Schenck and Speaker Cannon have worked hard on this legislation, which will truly make a difference in the fight against pill mills.
Another bill that will combat drugs in Florida would prohibit the sale and use of substances containing Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), commonly known as "bath salts." The House of Representatives Justice Appropriations Subcommittee passed this bill, which is sponsored by Representative Jimmy Patronis. This bill is of the utmost importance to me since the emergency rule I executed in January banned bath salts for a 90-day period, and this legislation would permanently make the dangerous drug illegal.
Upholding the Constitution
Attorney General Bondi Defends Important Law Enforcement Procedure
On Thursday, the Florida Supreme Court issued a ruling invalidating a drug conviction based on the location of law enforcement officers and a police dog, which were lawfully present outside the defendant’s home. This ruling hinders law enforcement’s ability to protect citizens by identifying and arresting drug dealers and conflicts with binding U.S. Supreme Court precedent and decisions of courts nationwide. Attorney General Bondi will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn this flawed decision.
Florida Chamber Board of Governors
Attorney General Bondi spoke with the Florida Chamber Board of Governors on Wednesday to discuss her first 100 days in office. She briefed the group on the status of the health care lawsuit and her fight to protect the constitutional rights of Floridians. Attorney General Bondi went on to detail her top legislative priorities, including legislation eradicating pill mills and a permanent ban on “bath salts.” The Florida Chamber Board of Governors is a remarkable group comprised of Florida’s top businessmen and women, and Attorney General Bondi was honored to speak with them.
National Drug Take Back Day
Attorney General Bondi announced that her office will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30. Organized by the Drug Enforcement Agency in conjunction with state and local law enforcement, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is an opportunity to dispose of unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Each site will be operated by a local law enforcement agency with the authority to receive unused or expired medication. The agency will then properly dispose of the medication, which protects Florida’s water supply, environment and animals.
Attorney General Meets with 2011 Senate Pages
Attorney General Bondi met with the 2011 Senate Pages this week to talk about her role as Florida's Attorney General and all of the different legal areas that her office addresses. For more than 28 years, the Florida Senate has given interested young people the opportunity to observe and participate in the legislative process.
During regular sessions of the Florida Legislature, participating students from all across the state have come to Tallahassee for one week to assist members of the Legislature in carrying out the work of the people. A one-week limit is set so that as many young people as possible can serve during the 60-day session.