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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


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


Florida unemployment rose in December, broadening the gap between the state and national jobless rates
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • January 25 2010

Florida's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the month of December 2009 was 11.8 percent, according to information released by the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation on January 22, 2010


State budget: Governor Crist proposes $69.2 billion budget for 2010 2011
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 1 2010

On January 29, 2010, Gov. Crist released his proposed $69.2-billion state budget for the 2010 2011 fiscal year


Legislators begin to address the potential 2010-2011 budget shortfall
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • January 25 2010

In committee meetings on January 19 and 20, 2010, legislators began the task of addressing the potential shortfall in the state's budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2010


Transportation: President Obama announces $1.25 billion federal award for high-speed rail
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 1 2010

At an appearance in Tampa on January 28, 2010, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced that Florida would receive a grant of $1.25 billion to support a proposed high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando


Quinnipiac polls show former House Speaker Rubio leading Governor Crist by three points, Attorney General McCollum leading CFO Sink by 10
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 1 2010

In surveys released on January 26 and 27, 2010, the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute reported that former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio leads Gov. Charlie Crist by 47 percent to 44 percent in their Republican primary contest for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by appointed Republican Senator George LeMieux


Governor Crist and legislative leaders try to prevent an unemployment tax increase
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • January 25 2010

Responding to concerns from business leaders, Gov. Charlie Crist, Senate President Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach), and House Speaker Larry Cretul (R-Ocala) on January 21, 2010 pledged to forestall a scheduled increase in unemployment taxes


State officials begin assessing the financial impact of the January freeze
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • January 25 2010

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is only in the early stages of assessing the financial impact of the 10 days of freezing temperatures earlier in the month, which affected crops in most of the state


Marco Rubio raises $3.6 million for his U.S. Senate campaign in the first quarter; Gov. Crist denies rumors of an independent run
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 12 2010

Former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio (R-Miami) reported that he has raised $3.6 million in the first quarter of 2010 for his U.S. Senate campaign