This week, I joined Attorneys General from across the country who had convened for the National Association of Attorneys General spring meeting in Washington D.C. In meeting with my colleagues, we shared ideas and relevant issues that we face as a nation and how we address these issues on the state level.
When I met with Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, we discussed the importance of ensuring that those affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill receive the compensation they deserve. General Strange was appointed by a federal judge to serve as the coordinating counsel in charge of states' litigation. I told General Strange about my correspondences with Mr. Feinberg on moving the Gulf Coast Claims Facility's claims process forward.
I also met with Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway on Florida's pill mill crisis. Unfortunately, Florida leads the nation in diverted prescription drugs, and General Conway has experienced an increase in prescription drug abuse in Kentucky-drugs obtained in Florida. I have made it my top priority to tackle this public safety issue.
In closing, this week began the 2011 legislative session. I am supporting several legislative proposals, ranging from the eradication of Florida's pill mills to Floridians' right to speak at public meetings and from the permanent banning of "bath salts," or MDPV, to provisions that would separate the restoration of civil rights from that restoration being a prerequisite to obtaining an occupational license. I look forward to working with our partners in the Legislature on developing laws to protect the safety and well being of Floridians.