Law enforcement officers and victim advocates play an integral part in helping victims and their families deal with the effects of crime. This week, I was thrilled to commend such exceptional public servants during the National Crime Victims' Rights Week ceremony. On Wednesday, Governor Scott joined me to honor five law enforcement officers and four victim advocates for their exceptional dedication.
Also this week, two bills that will better protect the public passed in their respective committees. On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee passed a bill that will greatly increase the tools available to crack down on pill mills and prescription drug abuse. Rep. Schenck and Speaker Cannon have worked hard on this legislation, which will truly make a difference in the fight against pill mills.
Another bill that will combat drugs in Florida would prohibit the sale and use of substances containing Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), commonly known as "bath salts." The House of Representatives Justice Appropriations Subcommittee passed this bill, which is sponsored by Representative Jimmy Patronis. This bill is of the utmost importance to me since the emergency rule I executed in January banned bath salts for a 90-day period, and this legislation would permanently make the dangerous drug illegal.