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:  Both bills were heard in committee this week and passed. The Senate has two more committees and the House only has one more. 

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
SB1192 (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
    • Whereas 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 but are not yet on the agenda.


Texting While Driving
SB 52 (S. Detert)

  • 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 first of three committees this week.