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Focus on rules: legislative calendars explained
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • March 14 2011

Article III, s 7 of the Florida Constitution requires that bills be read three times, on separate days, before passage by either chamber of the Legislature


Teacher quality bills on the fast track
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • March 14 2011

HB 7019 and SB 736, House and Senate bills that dramatically reform teacher contracts, evaluations, and pay, sped through the Legislature during the first week of session


Schools stripped from open-carry firearm bill
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • March 14 2011

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High-level Department of Children and Families staff resign
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • March 14 2011

Several top staff at the Department of Children and Families resigned in the wake of the investigation of the death of a 10-year-old foster child


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


Drug testing of state employees, state assistance advance
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • March 28 2011

On Tuesday, Gov Scott signed an executive order to require drug testing of prospective state employees


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