Florida looks at port security measures

| 4/11/2006

Tired of waiting for the federal government to act on port security issues, Florida’s State Senate decided to do something about it.

The Senate’s Domestic Security Committee has approved a bill that calls for the increased inspection of cargo containers at all of the state’s 14 deep-water ports.

The Boca Raton News reported that State Sen. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, the bill’s primary sponsor, said that the bill would give more leeway to port security personnel and local law enforcement to inspect cargo.

The bill would also create a task force, known as the “Rat Pack,” that would conduct random inspections at ports throughout the state.

In addition, The Boca Raton News reported that the bill calls for the allocation of $10 million for improvements in equipment and training as well as the creation of incentives to increase the number of cargo inspections.

The bill will now go before the full Senate.