This week I announced at a press conference that I oppose the expansion of gambling in Florida. I believe that authorizing mega casinos would take our state in a fundamentally wrong direction. We need less gambling in our state, not more.
As a former prosecutor, I share the concerns of law enforcement that authorizing mega casinos will lead to increased crime. I cannot stand by and watch the groundwork being laid for casinos to exist throughout our state.
It has been suggested that allowing mega casinos in South Florida is the best way to ensure that there is no further expansion of gambling. But that argument reminds me of the sales pitch for the Seminole Compact just a few years ago. We were told that giving the Seminoles exclusive rights to casino gambling would be so lucrative for Florida that there would be no more expansion of gambling. Yet here we are, only a short time later, being asked to go along with yet another massive expansion.
Allowing mega casinos in South Florida will only serve to justify the next push for even more gambling in other parts of Florida.
Under the terms of Florida’s compact with the Seminoles, authorizing mega casinos in South Florida would give the Seminoles the legal right to convert the Tampa Hard Rock into a full-blown, Vegas-style casino.
I think about the promise of Florida and about what kind of state my niece and my nephews will grow up in. As we move forward, I hope we can all work together to grow our economy and create jobs the right way.
Statewide Prescription Drug Abuse and Newborns Task Force Bill Passes Senate Committee on Health Regulation
The Senate Committee on Health Regulation unanimously passed the Statewide Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse and Newborns bill. Senate Bill 402 and House Bill 227 are being sponsored by Senator Joe Negron and Representative Kelli Stargel, respectively.
“I am grateful for the Senate Committee on Health Regulation’s support of this bill, which will help us better understand and prevent prescription drug abuse by expectant mothers. These infants are the most vulnerable victims of prescription drug abuse, and we must work together to give them the best start in life,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Attorney General Pam Bondi Attends the House Judiciary Committee Workshop on Human Trafficking
Attorney General Bondi stated, "Participating in the workshop was significant to me because by strengthening Florida’s laws, we can end modern day slavery. The House Judiciary Committee and Chairman Snyder’s proposal to address human trafficking in Florida is essential to protecting human dignity.
Sex trafficking and labor trafficking are prevalent throughout our country. We must partner with federal, state and local governments, as well as faith-based and other organizations, to make Florida a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking."
Attorney General Pam Bondi and 25 Other Attorneys General Agree to $58.75 Million Settlement with Wachovia Over Anticompetitive Municipal Bond Derivatives Scheme
On Thursday, Attorney General Bondi announced a $58.75 million settlement with Wachovia Bank N.A. and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as its successor ("Wachovia"), as part of an ongoing nationwide investigation of alleged anticompetitive and fraudulent conduct in the municipal bond derivatives industry. Municipal bond derivatives are contracts that tax-exempt issuers use to reinvest proceeds of bond sales until the funds are needed, or to hedge interest-rate risk. The multistate task force settlement is part of a coordinated global $148 million settlement that Wachovia entered into on Thursday. To read more, click here for the full release
Attorney General Pam Bondi Joins 53 Other Attorneys General in Fight Against Robo-Calls to Cell Phones
On Wednesday, Attorney General Bondi joined 53 other state and territorial attorneys general in asking Congress to oppose legislation targeting consumers’ telephone privacy. The "Mobile Informational Call Act of 2011" [H.R. 3035] would amend the Communications Act of 1934 and allow for robo-calling to all cell phones, leaving consumers responsible for the cost.
The attorneys general are asking members of Congress to reject U.S. House Resolution 3035. As chief protectors of consumer rights, many state attorneys general would not be able to enforce their more strict state laws against junk faxes, prerecorded calls or text messages. To read the full release, click here.
Attorney General Pam Bondi Files Price Fixing Lawsuit Against Manufacturers and Sellers of CRTs Commonly Used in TVs and Computer Monitors
Attorney General Bondi announced on Friday that her office is filing a lawsuit against manufacturers and sellers of cathode ray tubes (CRTs) and products containing CRTs for price fixing. A CRT is a vacuum tube containing an electron gun and a fluorescent screen used to view images; CRTs are commonly used in TVs and computer monitors.
The complaint alleges that from 1995-2007, the manufacturers and sellers of CRTs were fixing prices. During that period, CRTs were the dominant product used in televisions and computer monitors, recently replaced in dominance by liquid crystal displays (LCDs). Florida already has a lawsuit pending alleging the price fixing of LCDs. Sales of millions of CRTs and products containing CRTs resulted in billions of dollars in profits annually to the manufacturers and sellers of CRTs.
Florida is seeking damages for its consumers and its governmental agencies, as well as civil penalties. Click here for the full release.
Attorney General Bondi Attends a Reception Honoring Florida's Judiciary
On Monday, Attorney General Bondi attended
the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy's reception to honor Florida's judiciary.
Florida Association of Broadcasters Event
On Tuesday, Attorney General Bondi spoke to the Florida Association of Broadcasters, thanking them for connecting Floridians with their government, sharing important events, and disseminating crucial information. Attorney General Bondi also discussed her first year in office and her legislative priorities for the 2012 session.
Christmas Tree Ceremony
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam presented Florida-grown Christmas trees to the Governor and members of the Cabinet on Tuesday. The Carolina Sapphire Christmas trees were donated by growers Franco and Sigrid Camacho of Bavarian Christmas Tree Farm in Tallahassee.