This week was another incredibly busy and productive week. I had the opportunity to meet with and address a variety of our elected officials, several business leaders and their organizations, and citizens to learn about their needs in our state and share some of my ideas and vision for protecting the consumers, families and business in our state.
This week, I was given the great honor of being selected to serve as the Vice Chair of the Southern Region of the National Association of Attorneys General. 14 states, from Virginia to Texas, are represented in the Southern Region conference. I appreciate the opportunity to make Florida a leader in this important organization.
On Sunday, I attended the heartbreaking funeral of Colonel Greg Malloy, who was killed in the line of duty. One life lost is too many, and it is devastating that this will be the third service I have attended for slain law enforcement officers since taking office. I encourage each of you to take a moment to reflect on their sacrifice and honor and to pray for the family, friends and colleagues who mourn for them.
Attorney General Bondi had the opportunity to speak at the Florida Chamber Capitol Days, an annual event put on by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The Florida Chamber is a federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, representing more than 139,000 grassroots members with more than 3 million employees. Attorney General Bondi discussed top issues facing our state including pill mills, BP claims, the emergency rule on the drug referred to as “bath salts” and the recent ruling on the health care lawsuit.
Lemon Law Arbitrators Needed: Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced that her office is seeking applications for new appointees to the Florida New Motor Vehicle Arbitration Board. The board holds arbitration hearings throughout the state during which consumers and manufacturer representatives may appear and give testimony in an informal setting. Click here to learn more.
Upholding the Constitution
Attorney General Pam Bondi testified before the House of Representatives' Health and Human Services Committee Thursday morning to brief them on the recent ruling on the health care lawsuit. She answered questions regarding the next steps and restated her commitment to trying to get the lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court as soon as possible. She also briefed them on the status of the other challenges to the federal health care law. Watch her testimony here: http://streams.leg.state.fl.us/archive/MBR/H_2593_2011_02_10_8290.asx
Topics of Interest
Attorney General Bondi visited the Highwaymen Paintings Exhibit at the Museum of Florida History on Tuesday as part of their Black History Month commemoration. The Museum’s collection includes paintings that represent 23 of the 26 painters that comprise the Highwaymen artists. Additional Highwaymen paintings were added to the collection this week and were featured during a special presentation. Attorney General Bondi got to congratulate Highwaymen artist Curtis Arnett who was present to see one of his pieces displayed in the Museum.
Attorney General Pam Bondi has been selected as the vice-chair of the National Association of Attorneys General Southern Region. Bondi was selected by the Southern Region Chair, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel from Arkansas. The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) was founded in 1907 and fosters interstate cooperation on legal and law enforcement issues, conducts policy research and analysis of issues, conducts training, and facilitates communication between the states' chief legal officers and all levels of government.