Sarasota News Leader

07/12/2013

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NEWS BRIEFS The Sarasota County commissioners stand with Sheriff Tom Knight as he is presented with the 2013 County Partner Award from Lisa Hurley of the Florida Association of Counties. Knight recognized the board for the collaborative working relationship that led to the development of pain clinic ordinances that have served as a model for other communities throughout the state. Photo contributed by the Sheriff's Office SHERIFF KNIGHT PRESENTED AWARD FROM STATE ASSOCIATION Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight on July 9 ment perspective and ensure existing county received the 2013 County Partner Award from pain clinic ordinances were not preempted by the Florida Association of Counties (FAC). proposed legislation, the release says. The award is presented to a local leader who demonstrates support and understanding of county issues during the legislative session and advocates for home rule, a news release points out. "Sheriff Knight was a great county partner in helping to increase public safety as counties try to stop prescription drug abuse," said FAC Executive Director Chris Holley in the release. "Prescription drug abuse is a life and death issue, and Sheriff Knight stood up to protect local In making this selection, FAC commended authority and help our communities save lives." Knight for all of his work to defeat pain management bills introduced in the Florida House Because the Sarasota County ordinances and Senate this year that would have taken passed by the Board of County Commissioners precedence over county ordinances, the re- in 2011 were used as a model by other Florida lease adds. It also noted his willingness to counties, Knight wanted the commissioners to travel to Tallahassee to provide support for share in the award, the release notes. He asked the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, that the presentation be made during the Couneducate policymakers about the law enforce- ty Commission meeting in Venice on July 9.

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