Wednesday, May 12, 2021
On Thursday, Moody announced the results of a multimillion-dollar action against a marketing company that helped turbocharge the opioid epidemic through a marketing collaboration with Purdue Pharma.
The bill will increase access to Service Dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)” through creating a “competitive grant program through the Department of Veterans Affairs for organizations, such as K9s for Warriors in Ponte Vedra, to pair service dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD.” The grants will not exceed $25,000.
The two senators have introduced the “We PAID Act” which would ensure that the prices of drugs developed using federally funded research are set at reasonable levels. The legislation has been endorsed by AARP.
Fried also urged the governor to open vaccines to farmworkers, agricultural and food production workers, and other essential workers who face elevated risk of COVID-19 illness. The governor’s current executive order opens vaccines to teachers only over age 50.
Deutch and Frankel insisted the state has enough kits to test hundreds of thousands of people but only tested 23,723 people to date when they sent the letter to Azar on Thursday.
Last year, Mast and Gabbard brought back a proposal having the federal government evaluate veterans and active-duty personnel who might have been exposed to open burn pits and airborne chemicals. Over the past three decades, more than 140,000 servicemembers and veterans have reported exposure to burn pits and toxic chemicals.
State Rep. Adrian Zika, R-Land O’Lakes, filed a bill to make COVID-19 vaccine scams a felony last week. 
The center will include a wellness plaza, a Zen garden, outdoor training turf, an outdoor classroom, indoor and outdoor pools, an indoor climbing wall, an indoor/outdoor demonstration kitchen, a daylight public concourse, childcare facilities and a sports performance area.
“I am excited to be appointed to two subcommittees that will allow me to better serve and strengthen children’s education, labor rights and pensions, and the health of employees in the private-sector,” Shalala said on Tuesday.
Former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., was sworn in as the 46th governor of Florida on Tuesday.