By: Capitol News Service
December 12, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) -- Wednesday marks the 20th anniversary of former Florida Governor Lawton Chiles’ passing.
Chiles died just three weeks short of finishing his second term as Governor. He passed away in the Governor’s Mansion after his pacemaker malfunctioned.
Chiles is best know for his work protecting children and initiating the first successful major lawsuit against big tobacco.
Then-Legislative Director Jon Moyle says Chiles was never afraid of a fight.
“When he became governor, he looked at, I think it was four-hundred million dollars a year, that was being spent to treat tobacco-related illnesses, and he said, 'we’ve got to do something about this,' and through a series of conversations with a lot of different people, this idea was hatched about passing legislation that would help,” said Moyle.
Florida continues to receive hundreds of millions of dollars from the settlement with big tobacco.