Latvala Pushes For Emergency Opioid Funds

Aug 28, 2017

Credit The Florida Channel

A Florida Senator is urging Governor Rick Scott to allocate $20-million in reserve funds to opioid treatment and prevention.

Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater)says he doesn’t think lawmakers budgeted enough for the crisis during the last legislative session and he’s hoping next year will be different. He spoke about his plans during a recent round table discussion on the opioid crisis.

“Unfortunately it takes two house to do a budget and we were not successful. So I made the call a month or so ago to start a little earlier on next year to try to shine the light on the needs in this area,”

In a letter Latvala sent to the governor Monday he says the state has already spent $20-million in federal funds on the crisis. He’s hoping state reserve funds can help fill the gap until a new budget is passed.