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Legislature: Senate President Atwater recommends a December special legislative session on rail transportation

  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 26 2009

After an October 19, 2009, meeting with federal officials, Florida Senate President Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach) recommended that the legislature convene a special session in December to address passenger rail issues

Third-quarter existing home and condo sales continued to rise while prices appeared to stabilize

  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 16 2009

In a November 10, 2009 report, Florida Realtors (formerly known as the Florida Association of Realtors) announced that sales of existing single-family homes in July September 2009 were 33 percent higher than sales in the third quarter of 2008

State Senator John Thrasher elected chairman of the Republican Party of Florida

  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 22 2010

On February 20, 2010, the executive committee of the Republican Party of Florida elected Sen. John Thrasher (R-Jacksonville) party chairman, replacing Jim Greer of Orange County, who was forced to resign over questions about his stewardship of party funds

Senate President Atwater and House Speaker Cretul say a December special legislative session is possible as commuter rail negotiations advance

  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 30 2009

On November 25, 2009, Senate President Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach) and House Speaker Larry Cretul (R-Ocala) notified legislators that a special legislative session was likely, possibly beginning as soon as Thursday, December 3, 2009

Gaming: House Speaker Cretul declares impasse in seminole gaming negotiations, requests federal action

  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 26 2009

In a letter to the National Indian Gaming Commission dated October 21, 2009, House Speaker Larry Cretul (R-Ocala) stated that the state’s negotiations with the Seminole Tribe of Florida over a proposed gaming compact had reached an impasse that could be remedied only through federal intervention

Major political fundraiser accused of operating Ponzi scheme

  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 9 2009

The announcement that a major political fundraiser was under investigation for operating a Ponzi scheme left politicians from both parties scrambling to identify and return possibly tainted contributions

Senate President Jeff Atwater orders study of offshore drilling

  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 16 2009

Stating that Floridians "deserve a thoughtful and deliberative conversation free of rancor or hyperbole," Senate President Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach) on November 9, 2009 ordered the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee to conduct a "detailed and comprehensive review of the implications of offshore drilling."

House Speaker Cretul airs objections to Governor Crist's budget proposal

  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 22 2010

In an interview with reporters on February 18, 2010, House Speaker Cretul raised objections to Governor Charlie Crist's proposed $69.2-billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2010

Trial bar admits responsibility for racially tinged mailer in Senate special election

  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 28 2009

One of the mysteries of the recent Republican primary in the Senate District 8 special election was the source of a mailing that appeared to rely on racist stereotypes

State leaders question BP Plc's claims process as tar balls reach as far east as Panama City Beach

  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 21 2010

Although beaches have not yet been closed to visitors, as of June 20, 2010, observers had found tar balls, presumably from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, along Florida Panhandle beaches from the state line east to Panama City Beach