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Weekly Update from Senator Greg Evers

April 15, 2012

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Easter holiday last weekend with friends and family!

On legislative news this week, Governor Scott has received the bill to repeal the statewide septic tank inspection program that passed out of the Legislature this past session. I hope you will join me in encouraging him to sign this good bill into law, which was one of the biggest accomplishments for our communities and our state this year.

Looking ahead to next week, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) will hold a meeting with Escambia County on Wednesday, April 18, to address some of the county’s major concerns regarding the economic impact of House Bill 5301. First and foremost, I hope we can work together to make sure that any underlying problems with AHCA’s billing system, including duplicative billing, lack of documentation and billing for non-residents, are addressed and corrected. I voted against this bill this past session because of the significant impact this would have on the counties I represent, and I intend to continue to work with key folks from Escambia County and AHCA until the integrity in the billing process is restored.

On another note, I would like to give my sincere congratulations once again to Bagdad’s own Bubba Watson for his well-deserved and inspiring Masters’ victory last weekend. He is a man of faith and a proud new father who carries himself with dignity and makes all of Northwest Florida proud!

In case you missed it this week, I wanted to bring your attention to the below article, published in USA Today, regarding the unfortunate rise in accidental poisonings due to continued use of synthetic drugs and “bath salts.” As I have said before, this has been, and will continue to be, an uphill battle against scheming chemists and sellers who are constantly changing the formulas for these drugs in order to bypass current law. We were able to pass a necessary amendment to outlaw most of these synthetic drugs in Florida this past session, but I look forward to tackling this issue again next year and coming up with a better-fitted and more permanent solution to this problem.

'Bath salt' poisonings rise as legislative ban tied up – States Take Action
USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/story/2012-04-11/synthetic-drugs-bath-salts/54187138/1

Also this past week, I had the opportunity to tour theGulf Power Crist Plant with Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel Vinyard and Representative Clay Ingram. Many thanks to the folks at Plant Crist for opening their doors and giving us first-hand look into their operations.

            

Gulf Power Crist Plant - Pensacola, FL.

As always, feel free to email me at greg@gregevers.com or call my district office at (850) 689-0556 if you have any questions or concerns. 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Greg