On Monday, the Florida Sheriffs Association named House District 36 State Rep. Mike Fasano the 2013 Legislative Champion. The Association, which monitors state legislation ensuring public safety, awards legislators they see as strong promoters of law enforcement.
The New Port Richey Republican was recognized for the “support of legislation that assists Sheriffs of Florida in better serving the citizens of our state.” Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco presented the award to Fasano last night. Fasano’s district covers most of western Pasco County.
“Representative Fasano is a strong advocate for law enforcement and his efforts to fight the illegal use of prescription pills has saved lives,” Nocco said.
In this year’s regular meeting of the Florida House, Fasano sponsored HB 831, a bill tightening the reporting rules on controlled drug prescriptions. The bill, which failed to pass the Legislature, sought to reduce the number of days drug prescribers must report to the DOH once a dispensing a drug. It also would have removed the prohibition against certain funding by prescription drug manufacturers.
“I have long advocated on behalf of Florida’s law enforcement community,” Fasano said. “I am humbled that the Florida Sheriffs Association has honored me with this cherished award. I look forward to continuing to work with the sheriffs to make certain that our community and our state are as safe as possible.”