Florida Senate - 2019                                     SB 478
       By Senator Rader
       29-00837-19                                            2019478__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Office of Drug Control;
    3         creating s. 397.335, F.S.; creating the Office of Drug
    4         Control within the Executive Office of the Governor;
    5         providing for the office to be headed by a director
    6         appointed by the Governor, subject to Senate
    7         confirmation; providing the purpose and duties of the
    8         office; requiring the director of the office to report
    9         annually to the Governor and Legislature; providing an
   10         effective date.
   12  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   14         Section 1. Section 397.335, Florida Statutes, is created to
   15  read:
   16         397.335Office of Drug Control.—
   17         (1)The Office of Drug Control is created within the
   18  Executive Office of the Governor. The Governor shall appoint a
   19  director, who is subject to confirmation by the Senate.
   20         (2)The purpose of the office is to work in collaboration
   21  with the Office of Planning and Budgeting to:
   22         (a)Coordinate drug control efforts and enlist the
   23  assistance of the public and private sectors in those efforts,
   24  including, but not limited to, federal, state, and local
   25  agencies.
   26         (b)Provide information to the public about the problem of
   27  substance abuse and available substance abuse programs and
   28  services.
   29         (c)Act as the Governor’s liaison with state agencies,
   30  other state governments, the federal Office of National Drug
   31  Control Policy, federal agencies, and the public and private
   32  sectors on matters that relate to substance abuse.
   33         (d)Work to secure funding and other support for the
   34  state’s drug control efforts, including, but not limited to,
   35  establishing cooperative relationships among state and private
   36  agencies.
   37         (e)Develop a strategic program and funding initiative that
   38  links the separate jurisdictional activities of state agencies
   39  with respect to drug control. The office may designate lead and
   40  contributing agencies to develop such initiatives.
   41         (f)Advise the Governor and the Legislature on substance
   42  abuse trends in this state, the status and funding of current
   43  substance abuse programs and services, and the status of the
   44  development and implementation of the state drug control
   45  strategy by the office.
   46         (g)Make recommendations to the Governor on measures that
   47  the director considers advisable for the effective
   48  implementation of the state drug control strategy.
   49         (3)On or before December 1 of each year, the director
   50  shall report to the Governor and the Legislature on the
   51  information and recommendations required under paragraphs (2)(f)
   52  and (g), respectively.
   53         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.