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Lobbyist: Moody's opioid database bill on the rocks


04/17/2019 06:59 PM EDT

A bill that would authorize Attorney General Ashley Moody to access records in the state's drug database related to opioid investigations was postponed in the House today.

The measure, FL HB1253 (19R), would allow Moody to access the database for investigations against pharmacies but not against doctors.

William Large, president of the Florida Justice Reform Institute, a business-backed group seeking to limit lawsuits, has advocated against the bill, saying Moody wants to go after pharmacies because they have deeper pockets than individual doctors.

“Members are waking up that this is a bad bill," Large told POLITICO in a statement.

A similar bill in the Senate, FL SB1700 (19R), will be heard in Rules next.