Among the 10 bills signed Monday by Governor Ron DeSantis, is a measure that would allow state lawyers to have access to a database of prescription drugs while initiating a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry for the opioid epidemic.
According to the CBS Miami portal, a bill was also signed (HB 82) that will prevent local governments from imposing rules against homeowners’ gardens and a measure that suppresses street racing (HB 611).
The nine signatures, announced by the governor’s office on Tuesday morning, came less than a week before the 10 bills came into effect on July 1.
The drug database law (HB 1253) was a priority during this year’s legislative session of Attorney General Ashley Moody, who considered access to records a critical weapon in the state’s lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry .
The law allows lawyers working for the state to access information in a database created to prevent drug addicts and traffickers from making “purchases from doctors.”
Moody told lawmakers during the session that the information in the database is necessary to show that highly addictive prescription drugs “were distributed recklessly.”
“Those who helped fuel this man-made crisis must be responsible, and this new law will help us to do so,” Moody said in a prepared statement on Tuesday.
The legislation faced a backlash, including the need to protect patient privacy, a problem that has surrounded the database, known as “PDMP”, since its inception a decade ago.
The database contains specific information for each patient about the prescription and administration of controlled substances, the prescriptions that doctors order and the prescriptions filled by pharmacies.
To alleviate privacy concerns, the bill contains limits on the information that Moody’s office can receive and includes safeguards with respect to protection orders issued by the court and the destruction of the database information after that has been used.
The bill on homeowners’ gardens arose out of a dispute between owners Hermine Ricketts and Laurence Carroll and the town of Miami Shores over an ordinance that outlawed orchards in the front yard.
The couple had maintained a front garden for almost two decades, but they plucked their vegetables at the possibility of fines.
The sponsor of the House bill, Elizabeth Fetterhoff, R-DeLand, said that during the session the legislation involves fundamental rights and that the government has no “right” to tell Floridians that they can not grow their own food. , no matter where they live.
The legislation aimed at the races came as a reaction to a street race in 2018 in which a 24-year-old woman from Ohio and her 2-year-old daughter were beaten and killed while walking with a cart along Tampa Bayshore Boulevard.
The change eliminates the need for a law enforcement officer to witness the race or guarantee an arrest warrant.
An analysis of the House of Representatives staff noted that the state once had alternatives to illegal street racing, such as authorized racing events at the Central Florida Racing Complex in South Orlando and the Countyline Dragway in Medley. .
Meanwhile, the Senate sent five more bills to DeSantis on Tuesday, including a measure against hazing or initiation (SB 1080) drawn up after Andrew Coffey, a fraternity pledge from Florida State University’s Lighthouse Point, died. after drinking a bottle of Wild Turkey bourbon.