CFO Alex Sink kicked off a week-long blitz of "Safeguard our Seniors" events to educate senior citizens about financial fraud. At today's event at the Cherry Laurel retirement home, she called for the Legislature to pass a bill to increase penalties for those convicted of scamming seniors. She noted that the bill passed unanimously out of the Senate last year but did not receive a hearing in the House.
"We didn't get past first base in the House," Sink told a group of
seniors at the workshop. "That's because the special interests -- the
people who didn't want to see more teeth in the law -- were able to get
to just a couple of legislators and convince them to block this really
good set of legislation."