Published: Apr 12, 2011 5:52 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 12, 2011 2:52 PM EDT

TALLAHASSE, Fla. - The Florida House's Appropriations Committee has approved compromise legislation designed to close "pill mills" that dispense painkillers and other prescription medications to drug dealers and addicts.

The revised bill (HB 7095) that cleared the panel Tuesday drops Gov. Rick Scott's proposal to repeal Florida's planned prescription drug tracking system, which also had been supported by House Speaker Dean Cannon.

Instead, the measure would strengthen the database, which has drawn strong support from Attorney General Pam Bondi and Senate President Mike Haridopolos. It would give pharmacies only seven days rather than 15 to submit prescription data to the state.

Bondi was on hand to urge approval of the bill, which next goes to the House floor.

Unchanged is a provision that would ban doctors from dispensing controlled drugs.

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