In 2009, a bill creating the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program was passed into law after similar proposals had languished for years with few or no committee hearings. Last week, Gov. Scott proposed eliminating the program altogether as part of his biennial budget proposal. The drug monitoring system has been delayed numerous times due to a lack of funding and to bid protests from potential operators. Over the last decade, the federal government has provided grants to states to promote the creation of prescription drug monitoring systems. As a result, the majority of states throughout the United States have operational systems.