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Florence Snyder: Florida’s opioid crisis, Part 6; Opioid Kabuki Theater opens today in West Palm Beach

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This afternoon, The Rick Scott and Pam Bondi Opioid Listening Tour opens in West Palm Beach. Scott and Bondi won’t be there, but People with Big Titles and No Power will. Scott, who used to run hospitals for a living, thinks that mosquitoes carrying Zika are a public health emergency, even as Floridians and medical tourists who VISIT Florida’s criminal enterprises masquerading as “sober homes” are dropping like flies. When Scott and Bondi’s designated listeners roll into town, they’ll be…

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Rick Scott signs 55 bills into law

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Gov. Rick Scott, who faced a deadline on 56 bills presented to him by the Legislature by today, signed 55 of them into law today. See below for a list of the bills that made the cut, per a news release from Scott’s office: HB 21             Substance Abuse Services — This bill establishes a voluntary certification program for recovery residences and recovery residence administrators.  HB 41            Hazardous Walking Conditions — This bill creates a safer environment…

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Sober homes certification bill passes House

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In what might be the culmination of a years-long effort to pass legislation to regulate the growing cottage industry of private halfway houses for addicts known as “sober homes,” state Rep. Bill Hager has successfully shepherded his HB 21 toward passage in the House by a vote of 113-2. “Dating back to my service on the Boca Raton City Council, I have been keenly aware of the neighborhood challenges relating to so-called sober homes. I am pleased that the House of Representatives agreed…

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