Florida's Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam joined us on the Morning Rush today. He wanted to come on and tout his "Secure Florida First" agenda, part of Putnam's bid for the Republican gubernatorial primary.
Here are some of the tenants of that plan:
· Continue Florida's 47-year decline in crime by supporting Florida's mandatory minimums for violent felons and maximum penalties for repeat offenders.
· Stop illegal immigrant sanctuary policies by supporting President Trump's efforts to secure our borders as well as expand the agreement between 17 Florida Sheriffs at ICE to detain criminal illegal aliens.
· Fight the opioid epidemic by designating an official Drug Czar to coordinate the state, federal and local efforts to combat this crisis.
· Prevent mass violence by supporting an increase in mental health services for students and school hardening resources.
· End human trafficking by holding Florida’s child welfare and foster care systems accountable and leverage relationships with faith-based and community-based organizations to improve our state’s child welfare system as well as expanding TraffickingFree Zones.
· Invest in the transportation infrastructure, particularly its evacuation routes, needed to accommodate our growing population and tourism as well as invest in shelter space so that Florida is prepared for natural disasters.
Putnam also addressed the controversy regarding a number of concealed weapons permit applications that did not go through federal background checks for just over a year. He says that the story was initially reported falsely, and claims he caught the issue and requested an investigation.
Putnam also says his office now has safeguards in place to ensure it never happens again.
Photo: Florida Agriculture Commissioner's Office