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Presidential primary date debate heats up
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 15 2011

In 2007, the Florida Legislature moved up the date of the presidential preference primary from the second Tuesday in March to the last Tuesday in January


Focus on rules: committees
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 21 2011

Committees in the House and Senate perform the core lawmaking function of the Legislature, and, not surprisingly, a host of House and Senate rules govern their structure and operation principally House Rule 7 and Senate Rule 2


The Florida Supreme Court requests 80 additional judges
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 21 2011

On Thursday, the Florida Supreme Court recommended the addition of 80 judges 26 circuit judges and 54 county judges


On the heels of the Senate, House proposes its own teacher quality reforms
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 21 2011

On Wednesday, the House revealed its teacher quality reform proposal as a proposed committee bill from the K-20 Competitiveness Subcommittee


House and Senate budgets finalized for budget conference
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 4 2011

House and Senate budget committees voted out their respective General Appropriations Acts and related implementing and conforming bills


House unveils $400-million economic development superfund while workshopping new department of economic opportunity
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 4 2011

House Select Committee on Government Reorganization approved two proposals that create a $400-million State Economic Enhancement and Development Trust Fund


House and Senate leaders postpone budget conference
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 18 2011

On Wednesday, Senate Appropriations Committee Chair J.D. Alexander announced that the chambers were not “quite where we want to be” in budget discussions


House appoints Redistricting Committee members and convenes first meetings
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 25 2011

Last Monday, Speaker of the House Dean Cannon appointed members of the House Redistricting Committees and Subcommittees, appointing Speaker-Designate Will Weatherford as the chair of the committee


Rep. Frank Artiles fined for living outside of his Miami district
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 25 2011

Freshman Rep. Artiles, elected to represent District 119 last November, has admitted that he does not live in his district, potentially subjecting him to fines for every day he has lived outside of his district


Budget discussions stall while the end of the regular session looms
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 25 2011

With only two weeks remaining in the 2011 regular session, House and Senate leaders have not yet reached agreement on the broad spending parameters of the budget, otherwise known as "allocations."