This week, I joined eight other Attorneys General in a letter opposing the National Labor Relations Board's complaint against Boeing for unfair labor practices. The letter asserts that the complaint against Boeing is without legal basis and that it impedes the state, and potentially the nation, in economic recovery and business development.
In 2009, Boeing announced plans to build a new plant in Washington State; however, the company ultimately chose to expand in South Carolina, a right-to-work state. Alleging the company acted out of "anti-union animus," the NLRB filed a complaint seeking to prevent Boeing's business expansion in South Carolina.
Florida has a vested interest in ensuring that businesses are not unfairly prevented from expanding their operations in right-to-work states, like ours. I firmly believe that Boeing has every right to consider the potential consequences unions may have on business and make decisions accordingly.
Turning to a more familiar topic, as you know, combating pill mills and prescription drug abuse is one of my top priorities. This Saturday, I am participating in a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event in Valrico. These nationwide events, organized by the Drug Enforcement Agency in conjunction with state and local law enforcement, provide a safe way to dispose of unused and unwanted medications. This year, more than 5,100 sites are scheduled to participate.
Events like National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day raise awareness of prescription drug abuse and are essential for safely removing unnecessary medication from people's homes. Prevention is an important part of eliminating Florida's deadly prescription drug problem, and I encourage all Floridians to participate in tomorrow's event. Visit www.myfloridalegal.com and follow the drug take-back banner to find a location near you.
Finally, I am happy to report that Florida's crime rate is the lowest it has been in 40 years. On Tuesday, Governor Scott, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and other law enforcement members released the 2010 Uniform Crime Report. This low crime rate is a remarkable accomplishment and further demonstrates the dedication that our law enforcement officers display every day. Florida has some of the best law enforcement in the nation, and I am truly grateful for their service to Floridians.
Lee County “Operation Open Dollar” Doctor Arrest
Yesterday, the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Strategic Diversion Task Force and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced the arrest of Dr. Jacinta Irene Gillis, 41, of Fort Myers for allegedly operating pill mills in Lehigh Acres and Pinellas Park. This arrest is the perfect example of how collaboration on the state and local levels can stop pill mills.