Call to Action – We Need Your Help!

Three years after lawmakers approved a pilot needle-exchange program for Miami-Dade County through the University of Miami, legislation is being considered to expand the program.  HB 171 by Reps. Shevrin Jones (D-West Park) and Rene Plasencia (R-Orlando) and SB 366 by Senator Oscar Braynon (D-Miami) establishes the Infectious Disease Elimination Act (IDEA) and allows counties to establish sterile needle and syringe exchange programs through the adoption of a county ordinance and satisfaction of the specified program requirements. Exchange programs must cooperate with the Department of Health (DOH) and the local county health department. Programs are prohibited from using state and local funds for its operation and must use grants and donations from private sources to fund the program.

HB 171 may be heard by the House Judiciary Committee next week. Zero Pinellas needs your help in contacting the members of the House Judiciary Committee. Our message is clear: Ask the State Representative to support this very important piece of legislation to our state

House Judiciary Committee – Support HB 171

Judiciary Committee Members District City Capital Office Email Address
Rep. Paul Renner, Chair Palm Coast (850) 717-5024
Rep. Bob Rommel, Vice Chair Naples (850) 717-5106
Rep. Ben Diamond, Ranking (D) St. Petersburg (850) 717-5068
Rep. Ramon Alexander Tallahassee (850) 717-5008
Rep. Mike Beltran Valrico (850) 717-5057
Rep. Chuck Brannan Lake City (850) 717-5010
Rep. Fentrice Driskell Tampa (850) 717-5063
Rep. Juan Fernandez-Barquin Miami (850) 717-5119
Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen Fort Myers (850) 717-5078
Rep. Joe Geller Dania Beach (850) 717-5100
Rep. Mike Gottlieb Plantation (850) 717-5098
Rep. James Grant Tampa (850) 717-5064
Rep. Tommy Gregory Bradenton (850) 717-5073
Rep. Mike Hill Pensacola (850) 717-5001
Rep. Sam Killebrew Winter Haven (850) 717-5041
Rep. Chip LaMarca Lighthouse Point (850) 717-5093
Rep. Amy Mercado Orlando (850) 717-5048
Rep. Tyler Sirois Merritt Island (850) 717-5051



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