Sorry, guv, Senate prez backs drug database, wants state to pay for itby Dara Kam | February 14th, 2011
Gov. Rick Scott’s plan to do away with a prescription drug database approved by lawmakers two years ago is getting the cold shoulder from Senate President Mike Haridopolos.
Haridopolos said today he not only wants to keep the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program alive, he wants to fund it.
“I want to fund it. I do and I think it’s the right thing to do,” Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, said, in contrast to Scott’s statement earlier today that he doesn’t believe in the system.
Haridopolos said that the state would only have to pay $500,000 a year to maintain the system, not yet up and running because of a bid dispute.
“I think it’s a good idea. And we need to look at other aggressive law enforcement tactics to take on this major problem in our state,” Haridopolos said.