The Senate moved a bill forward that will expand the controlled substances register by another 22 new formulas. SB 294 by Senator Bradley passed a third committee and has one more stop before going to the Senate floor. Its House companion by Representative Ingram is seeing similar success in the House and has only one more committee stop. Bills to ban texting while driving continued their march through the House and Senate. SB 52 (Sen. Detert) and HB 13 (Rep. Holder) move onto their last committee stops next week.

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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 passed the third of four committees unanimously this week and moves to the Appropriations committee.  HB 619 has one more stop in the Judiciary committee.   

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 but are not yet on the agenda.

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 will next be heard in Judiciary and HB 13 moves to Economic Affairs.
  • Outlook:  In years past, this legislation stalled in the House but there appears to be more support this year.