Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
Florida is a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking, stopping this horrific crime and saving lives is a top priority of my administration. That is why I presented a resolution recognizing January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. During National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, I am calling on all Floridians to join the fight in ending human trafficking.
Human trafficking is far too common across the globe and right here in Florida, with more than 20 million people worldwide being trafficked. My office launched the website, YouCanStopHT.com—so citizens can learn how to spot a trafficking victim and how to report the crime. Through awareness, if we can empower even one person to get involved, that person can save a life and improve our world.
Awareness is a powerful tool. It is especially important for teens and educators to be aware of human trafficking and how to spot it. Working with the Department of Education, we are providing students with the information they need to identify the signs and quickly report suspected human trafficking. Students and faculty are uniquely positioned to notice changes in behavior that may be related to human trafficking.
I would like to especially acknowledge Florida’s law enforcement, local governments, advocates and communities for their efforts in combating this horrible crime. Through strong partnerships with these devoted leaders, Florida continues to be a global example at the forefront in the fight to end human trafficking.
UPDATE: Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Robbery Again
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution secured the conviction and 25-year prison sentence of Frank Bower, 57, for the second time in two months. Bower, one of the four ninja robbers, pleaded guilty as charged to racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering, both first-degree felonies.
In 2014, Bower and three men from Immokalee, while masked and gloved, broke into a mansion in Central Florida, zip-tied and robbed the family inside the home and proceeded to steal the victims’ vehicle. A couple of weeks following this invasion, authorities captured Bower while he and two of the other robbers attempted to break into another home in the area. More.
Gibsonton Man Arrested for Producing Child Pornography
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of Roger William Labor, 46, for producing and possessing child pornography.
After several tips that Labor, from Gibsonton, uploaded images of child pornography, an FDLE investigation revealed Labor produced and manufactured some of the images himself. The investigation discovered evidence that Labor possessed at least 50 additional images of children depicted in sexual situations. More.
Attorney General Bondi’s Statement on Passage of SB 8 by the Senate Committee on Health Policy
Attorney General Pam Bondi issued the following statement on the unanimous approval of SB 8 by the Senate Committee on Health Policy:
“Our fight against the national opioid crisis claiming lives in Florida continues, and this legislation would help bolster state efforts and save lives. I want to thank Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto for sponsoring this important legislation and each member of the Senate Committee on Health Policy for voting in favor of these legislative reforms. We look forward to continue working with the House and Senate to ensure the passage of this legislation.”
Office and Cabinet Applaud the Passage of HB 7015 by the House of Representatives
The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation and Cabinet applaud the actions of the Florida House of Representatives in passing legislation to specifically address assignment of benefits reform. House Bill 7015, which was sponsored by the Judiciary Committee, Representative Jay Trumbull, and Representative James Grant, and co-sponsored by Representative Jim Boyd, provides consumer protections and strengthens provisions in Florida law to reduce unnecessary litigation associated with AOBs that is causing an increase in homeowners insurance costs across the state.
“As Attorney General, consumer protection is one of my top priorities, and I applaud the Office of Insurance Regulation’s efforts to protect policyholders. This legislation aims to protect homeowners who are simply trying to repair their homes after a disaster,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. More
Attorney General Bondi joining distinguished women within President Donald J. Trump’s Administration for a symposium called A Conversation with Women of America. The three-part panel series was held in Washington D.C. and covered issues such as health care, the opioid crisis and other topics.
Participating in the panel focusing on health care, Attorney General Pam Bondi joined prominent members of the President’s Cabinet to discuss the national opioid crisis and health policy issues. Those joining in the discussions included Ivanka Trump, Kellyanne Conway, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon.
For video from the event, click here.
On Thursday, Attorney General Bondi joined Governor Rick Scott and fellow Cabinet members, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, for a meeting of the Florida Governor and Cabinet in Tallahassee.
Attorney General Bondi introducing Sydney, at the Florida Cabinet meeting. For more information on Sydney and other rescue animals in the Tallahassee area, visit TalGov.com/Animals.
Attorney General Bondi visiting animals from the Florida Aquarium and Tamp's Lowry Park Zoo brought to the state Capitol for Hillsborough Day.
Attorney General Bondi welcoming Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla to Tallahassee on Hillsborough Day.