Scott's move has prompted expressions of disappointment from some of his fellow Republicans in Florida and strong objections from politicians of both parties in Kentucky and West Virginia, hotbeds of for abuse painkillers such as oxycodone. "It seems Gov. Scott wants Florida to become the oxy-tourism capital of the world," Kentucky Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, a Democrat from Hazard, told the Journal. (Read more)
letter on Feb. 17 expressing alarm and dismay. "Now is not the time to back down from this life or death challenge," Rogers wrote, calling Scott's move "equal to firing firefighters while your house is ablaze; it neither makes sense nor addresses an urgent crisis. Governor, your state, more than any other, must take this crisis seriously. . . . Your state's participation is paramount to the success of our nation in fighting this problem, helping addicts get treatment and prosecuting pushers." (Lexington Herald-Leader photo by David Perry)
Rogers dismissed concerns about privacy, saying Florida's program, like those in other states, has strict regulations governing access to the data. Noting his new position, "I can certainly appreciate the fiscal pressures with which you are confronted in balancing a tight state budget. However, this is a matter which warrants sacrifices elsewhere." For a story from the Herald-Leader's Bill Estep, click here.