Dear Floridians,

I would like to thank the Florida Legislature for passing legislation that enhances public safety and protects individual liberty. My legislative agenda included support for bills to stop prescription drug abuse, ban a dangerous new drug, separate the restoration of civil rights from requirements for occupational licensure, and affirm that no Floridian should be compelled by government to purchase health insurance.

The legislative agenda included the following pieces of legislation:

- Pill Mill Bill, (SB 818/HB 7095) - The bill provides enhanced criminal and administrative penalties targeting doctors and clinics engaged in prescription drug trafficking. The bill also establishes standards of care and strengthens the prescription drug monitoring database, and bans dispensing of the most abused narcotics. The pill mill legislation was sponsored by Sen. Mike Fasano and Rep. Robert Schenck.

- Bath Salts, (SB 1886/HB 1039) - Attorney General Bondi issued an emergency rule in January adding substances containing MDPV (Methylenedioxypyrovalerone), commonly known as"bath salts" to the schedule of controlled substances. The emergency rule made "bath salts" illegal through June. This legislation permanently bans the sale and usage of the drug. The "bath salts" legislation was sponsored by Sen. Stephen Wise and Rep. Jimmy Patronis.

- Health Care, (SB 1754/HB 1193) - This bill protects our individual liberties by affirming that no Floridian should be compelled by government to purchase health insurance. This legislation was sponsored by Sen. Rene Garcia and Rep. Matt Hudson.

- Bill to Separate Occupational Licensing Requirements from Restoration of Civil Rights, (SB 146/HB 449) - This bill helps felons reintegrate into society by getting them back to work and protects Floridians by ensuring that occupational licenses are issued by the appropriate licensing authority based on a thorough and individualized vetting process. This legislation was sponsored by Sen. Chris Smith and Reps. Dwayne Tayor and Darryl Rouson.

Thank you, again, to our Legislature for their leadership on these important issues.

Pam Bondi