Attorney General Pam Bondi

Supreme Court Gets Pot Amendment For Review

Oct 5, 2015

A revamped proposal that would legalize marijuana for patients with certain medical conditions is in the hands of the Florida Supreme Court, which will decide if the ballot initiative meets the criteria to go before voters next year.

Court to Rule on Abortion Wait Challenge

Jun 25, 2015

Only days before a new Florida law would start requiring 24-hour waits before women can have abortions, a Leon County circuit judge is considering whether to place a hold on the law while a constitutional challenge goes forward.

The law (HB 633), which passed in April, is slated to go into effect July 1. The day after Gov. Rick Scott signed the law, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a constitutional challenge and sought an emergency injunction.

Human Trafficking Sting Nabs 15

Mar 12, 2015
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Fifteen people have been arrested in what Attorney General Pam Bondi is calling the largest human trafficking case in state history. 

Joined by officials from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at the capitol Wednesday, Bondi said the sting involved at least six victims. All of the women had been illegally smuggled into the United States from Mexico and Central America.

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.

Republican Pam Bondi has been re-elected as Florida's attorney general.

  Voters on Tuesday chose the incumbent Bondi over Democrat George Sheldon. With over half the expected vote counted, Bondi led 55-42 percent.

The 48-year-old Bondi is a close ally of Gov. Rick Scott and is confident Scott will be re-elected. She raised more than $4 million for her re-election. That dwarfed the money raised by Sheldon, a former legislator and Department of Children and Families head.

Mary Shedden

Florida Matters this week took a deeper look at human trafficking, including the role physicians in the state play in identifying those at risk, and treating those who have been victimized.

According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, Florida is third in the number of calls to the national human trafficking hotline.

Attorney General Pam Bondi hopes to build on past anti-trafficking efforts with her new Statewide Council on Human Trafficking. She led the panel’s first meeting Monday in Tallahassee.

According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, Florida is ranked third in the nation for the number of calls received by the center’s human trafficking hotline.

A former Memorial Hospital surgical tech is suing Memorial Healthcare System and a long-time Hollywood surgeon who she says sexually harassed and groped her and other women at the South Broward facility for years.

Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano is well known for going his own way: He was the only Republican in the Florida House of Representatives last year who broke ranks with the House leaders and voted for a Senate plan that would have covered the poor, using federal dollars.

Bills in the House and Senate that would help victims of human trafficking are moving forward, but without a controversial provision that would have allowed judges and social workers to have under-age victims held involuntarily in "safe houses," the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.

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Backers of a medical marijuana constitutional amendment in Florida announced Wednesday evening that they have collected enough signatures to make the 2014 ballot -- provided the State Supreme Court allows it.

Ben Pollara, the campaign manager for United for Care, sent out an email to supporters that organizers have collected more than 1.1 million signatures.

“This is an enormous achievement,” Pollara wrote.

Organizers have until Feb. 1 to gather 683,189 voter signatures. So far election supervisors have certified nearly 458,000 signatures.

Senate Health Policy Chairman Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, is backing away from a measure that would have made it more difficult for investigators to get access to Florida's prescription-drug database, the News Service of Florida reports. 

A Florida gun-rights group is threatening a lawsuit against any state school not lifting on-campus gun bans. The University of South Florida is reviewing its gun policy after learning that Florida Carry Inc. plans to sue any state university not lifting bans on weapons  stored in cars, The Tampa Tribune reports.

The Florida Supreme Court is hearing arguments Thursday on a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for medical purposes through a constitutional amendment, the Tampa Tribune reports. Attorney General Pam Bondi is challenging the ballot’s language on the grounds that it’s misleading. If the justices decide the summary for voters to consider is unclear or inaccurate, it will most likely kill the effort to get the issue on the ballot in 2014.

The Florida Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for Dec. 5 over the language proposed for the November 2014 ballot that would legalize medical marijuana in the state of Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking the court to throw out the proposed language. Written arguments from Bondi and United For Care, the group behind the ballot initiative, are due Nov. 8.

Pam Bondi Challenges Medical Marijuana Measure

Oct 25, 2013

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is challenging a proposal to allow the use of medical marijuana in the state. 

Bondi criticized the proposed amendment in a filing she made Thursday to the Florida Supreme Court. By law, the attorney general asks the court to review proposed amendments.

The Supreme Court could throw out the amendment if it agrees with Bondi.

The Republican attorney general called the amendment misleading. Bondi told the court that if passed by voters the measure would allow marijuana use in limitless situations.