On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Alia Faraj-Johnson to discuss, why she is going after BP on behalf of Florida and how her top legislative priorities fared during the 2013 legislative session.
On the three-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the Attorney General filed a $5.48-billion lawsuit against oil company BP and oil services firm Halliburton to help the state recoup past and future lost revenue. “We were required to present them with an offer, and they insulted us by not even responding to that offer,” Bondi says. “We are fully prepared to try this case and make sure that BP and Halliburton are held accountable for the disaster they caused to our great state,” she tells Faraj-Johnson. In reviewing the Legislature’s work, Bondi praised lawmakers for helping to crack down on what she says is a growing problem: organized retail theft. “We now have enhanced penalties to target these guys and put them out of business, because this (theft) affects our taxpayers as well because it’s going to drive prices up.” Bondi addresses new efforts to fight against synthetic drug use, added protections for military veterans, and more on “Florida NewsMakers.”