In budget news, juvenile secure detention will become a conference issue in the closing weeks of Session. While both the Senate and House budget proposals reduce the counties’ trust fund for secure detention costs due to reduced bed capacity, the Senate reduces the costs by $2.73 million, whereas the House proposes to reduce costs by only $898,300. 

FAC is pleased to announce that both chambers are also proposing funding for expanded CINS/FINS services in rural counties.  Currently, the Senate is proposing $1,501,605 and the House recommends $1,551,605; this issue is also headed to conference.

This week, HB 831 (S. Fasano) providing for physician mandatory use of  the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) database was temporarily passed in Health and Human Services this week by its sponsor. Senator Fasano opted to remove his bill from further consideration after an amendment creating a lower standard for PDMP was adopted.

HB13 which would make texting while driving a secondary traffic violation passed its last committee and is headed to the House floor for a full vote.

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Controlled Substances “Synthetic Drugs”
SB 294 (S. Bradley)/HB 619 (R. Ingram)

  • Summary:  Expands Schedule I of the controlled substances register to include 22 new formulas of synthetic drugs; all 22 formulas were included in the Attorney General’s December 2012 Emergency Order outlawing them.
  • Status:  SB 294 was read for the second time this week and is ready for a vote in the Senate. HB 619 is on the Special Order calendar and is ready for second reading in the House.

Concealed Weapons and Firearms
SB 374 (S. Braynon)/HB 97 (R. Powell)

  • Summary: Seek to permit local governments to regulate carry of concealed weapons in public buildings or government-sponsored outdoor public venues.
  • Status:  No bill has been heard in committee. Senate bill has been referred to four committees; House has been referred to three committees. 

Pain Management Clinics
SB 1192 (S. Grimsley)/ HB 831 (R. Fasano)

  • Summary:
    • Requires physicians to consult PDMP prior to prescribing drugs to new patients
    • Removes restriction on state funding for PDMP
    • Places a moratorium on new county ordinances
    • The House bill directs a workgroup to create a model county ordinance to go into effect in 2014 limited to zoning matters; no county ordinance can be stricter or go beyond model ordinance
    • The Senate bill preempts the regulation of pain clinics and its practitioners, as well as, pharmacies, pharmacists, and health care facilities to the State.
  • Status: Both bills have been referred to three committees.
    • SB 1192 unanimously passed out of Health Policy on 3/20 despite strong opposition from counties over the preemption language. This week, SB 1192 was removed from HHS Appropriations and referred to Community Affairs and can be heard as early as 4/2. 
    • HB 831 passed out of Health Quality Committee 3/19 with an amendment that removed all preemption language, which FAC supported. HB831 was temporarily passed by the bill sponsor in Health & Human Services committee this week after an amendment was adopted that relaxed standards relating to physician consultation of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database; in asking that his own bill be temporarily passed, Rep. Fasano said he could not in good conscience pass a bill with that language on it.

Texting While Driving
SB 52 (S. Detert)/HB 13 (R. Holder)

  • Summary:
    • Creates “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law”
    • Makes texting, emailing or instant messaging while driving a secondary offense
    • Does not ban such activities when a vehicle is stationary
    • A first violation is a nonmoving violation and subsequent offenses within a 5  year period is a moving violation with fines and points assessed
  • Status:  The Senate bill has passed two of its three committees and the House bill passed its second of three committees unanimously this week. SB 52 is currently in Judiciary but has not moved in 3 weeks.  HB 13 passed out of Economic Affairs this week with one lone “No” vote and is headed to the House floor.