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Sorry, guv, Senate prez backs drug database, wants state to pay for it

by 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.

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4 Responses to “Sorry, guv, Senate prez backs drug database, wants state to pay for it”

  1. JM Says:

    Re: budget
    Senate Pres. << Governor
    Its called a line item veto.
    Unless he has the political capital/muscle for some heavy logrolling or a legislative override.

  2. Jim Says:

    Haridopolus will NOT get my vote for FL senator…Adios, Mike!

  3. E Lizzle Says:

    Well sheesh, if it’s “only” $500K per year for maintenance, we should buy five!

  4. Dedicated Public Servant Says:

    It’s a small investment to better the lives of people in Florida. It would cost much more to care for the drug addicts the pill mills rely on.
    The Governor and Legislators have already spent more on legal fees trying to override the will of the people.

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