Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto

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The governor and state lawmakers are proposing new prescription limits to fight opioid abuse.  But they also want to require physicians use a long-standing drug monitoring database—raising the question, why wasn’t it mandatory to begin with?

Senator Benacquisto (R-Fort Myers) in her new video.
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The state senator leading the charge on opioid abuse in Florida is leaning heavily on prescription limits in a new YouTube video.  Her measure caps most prescriptions at a three day supply.

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The “Cameron Mayhew Act” is slated to take effect Saturday, after Governor Rick Scott signed the bill into law aimed at increasing school bus safety.

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Governor Rick Scott has signed a number of measures into law, including one aimed at helping address Florida’s backlog of untested rape kits. It’s a major priority for Attorney General Pam Bondi.

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Despite stalling in the legislature, a number of bills still managed to stay alive on the last day of session and were sent to Governor Rick Scott. That includes a measure involving the recital of the Pledge of allegiance in schools as well as another dealing with youth suicide prevention training.

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A bill aimed at helping to address the state’s rape kits backlog is now heading to the Governor, after passing the Florida Legislature unanimously.

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A bill to help address Florida’s untested rape kits backlog has passed the full Florida Senate.

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Bills creating statewide standards to help in the processing of Florida’s thousands of untested rape kits as well as future kits are now heading to the floors of the House and Senate, after passing their last committees Thursday.

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A bill allowing all sexual abuse victims to avoid going physically to court to give their testimony during a trial has passed its first Senate panel. But, not without some concerns.

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A measure to help Florida get rid of its backlog of thousands of untested rape kits passed its first Senate panel Monday.

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A couple of state lawmakers as well as some suicide prevention advocates are hoping to cut down on suicides, mainly among Florida youth.

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Bills aimed at helping Florida’s youth have passed the state Senate Wednesday.

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A measure allowing certain abuse victims to secretly record their attackers to use as evidence in court is now heading to the Senate floor.

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A bill allowing young sexual abuse victims to secretly record their attackers to use as evidence in court cleared its first Senate hearing Monday.

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Attorney General Pam Bondi says she’s on board with a bill making it easier for sexual abuse victims under the age of 17 to privately record their attacker so it can hold up in a Florida court.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to get that through because that’s very, very important. But, just know, that it’s a very narrow, narrow field, and only has to do with children and rape victims—not just at the hands of their parents, but any pedophile,” said Bondi, during a recent Associated Press gathering in Tallahassee.

Two bills dealing with how Florida prosecutes and punishes sex offenders passed their first legislative hurdle Monday. One bill deals with statutes of limitations while the other stiffens penalties for sex offenses.