This legislative session, I concentrated on issues concerning the public safety of Floridians, and this week Governor Scott signed two of my top legislative priorities into law.
In January, I filed an emergency order temporarily banning a new synthetic drug known as "bath salts" or MDPV. The drug produces a cocaine-like high, and users exhibit violent behavior and serious medical complications. The emergency rule enabled our state to act quickly to remove these dangerous substances from store shelves and had an direct impact. One poison control center reported an immediate reduction in calls regarding overdoses on MDPV. On Tuesday, Governor Scott signed a bill permanently banning the use and sale of this dangerous drug.
Friday morning, Governor Scott signed crucial legislation giving law enforcement and regulators the tools they need to crack down on pill mills and protect Floridians. Florida is known as the pill mill capital of the nation, and prescription drug overdoses are costing many Floridians' their lives. This legislation sends a clear message that we will no longer tolerate this behavior and Florida will no longer be a safe haven for prescription drug dealers and abusers.
I greatly appreciate the tremendous efforts made by our lawmakers and Governor Scott to improve the lives of Floridians. This is a great example of the power law enforcement officers and lawmakers can have when working together for the good of the people. I am honored to have worked closely with everyone involved in support of such important causes.
Next week, I will be going to Atlanta for the oral arguments before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal in our challenge against the unconstitutional federal health care law. Former United States Solicitor General Paul Clement will present arguments on behalf of Florida and the 25 other states participating in this lawsuit. The oral arguments will be held on June 8.
Bath Salts Bill Signed This Week
Attorney General Bondi joined Governor Scott, Representative Patronis, Representative Coley, and local law enforcement at the signing of the Bath Salts Bill (HB 1039). Since the temporary ban in January, which made the use and sale of a new synthetic drug known as ‘bath salts’ illegal, there has been a significant decrease in the number of reported medical emergencies related to this drug.
Attorney General Bondi thanked Senator Wise and Representative Patronis for sponsoring this legislation and Governor Scott for signing this bill that will permanently ban the use of ‘bath salts’ and further protect the lives of Floridians. For the full release, click here
Attorney General's Priority Pill Mill Legislation Signed
Attorney General Pam Bondi applauded Governor Scott for signing a comprehensive anti-pill mill bill (HB 7095) championed by the Attorney General during this year’s legislative session. HB 7095 was sponsored by Senator Mike Fasano and Representative Robert Schenck. This legislation provides a comprehensive plan to stop the epidemic of prescription drug abuse and pill mills. Specifically, the bill toughens criminal and administrative penalties targeting doctors and clinics engaged in prescription drug trafficking.
Click the image to the right to view the Attorney General's video comments on the bill signing.
For comments from the sponsors and the full release, click here.
Attorney General Bondi Urges Floridians to Prepare for Hurricane Season
Attorney General Pam Bondi issued a consumer advisory this week calling on Florida residents and visitors to be aware of the dangers the hurricane season can bring and urging Floridians to make necessary preparations well in advance. The hurricane season began this week on June 1 and lasts until November 30 each year. Click here for the full advisory.
Attorney General Bondi Honors Law Enforcement at FDLE Awards Ceremony
On Tuesday, Attorney General Bondi attended the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony honoring those members who go above and beyond the call of duty. It takes a brave person to commit his or her life to protecting others, and Attorney General Bondi is grateful to the entire FDLE community for what they do for our state.