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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


Gov. Scott releases first budget, slashes state spending
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 15 2011

Last week, Gov Scott formally introduced his proposed budget for the upcoming 2011 - 2012 and 2012 - 2013 fiscal years


Governor Rick Scott rejects federal high-speed rail funds; Senate President Mike Haridopolos offers support while a coalition of senators protests
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 21 2011

In a surprise move with as little as a five-minute notice to key lawmakers, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday rejected the nearly $2.4 billion allotted by the federal government to Florida for high-speed rail


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


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


Gov. Scott signs education reform bill
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • March 28 2011

On Thursday, Gov Scott signed SB 736, the education reform bill that substantially revises laws governing teacher contracts, evaluations, and compensation


Education Commissioner resigns; state education board chair alleges Governor Rick Scott forced resignation
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • March 28 2011

On Monday last week, Education Commissioner Eric Smith informed the members of the State Board of Education that he will resign his office effective June 10


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


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