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Medicaid overhaul passed by the Legislature
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • May 13 2011

Heralding the most significant change in Florida's Medicaid program in at least 15 years, the Legislature passed H.B. 7107 and H.B. 7109


Commercial insurance and workers' compensation reforms approved by the Legislature
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • May 13 2011

Following up on last year's deregulation of ratemaking for most forms of commercial insurance, H.B. 99 by Rep. Brad Drake deregulates additional forms of commercial insurance, which include general liability; nonresidential property; nonresidential multiperil; excess property; and burglary and theft


Physician tort reform proposals approved in the final week of session
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • May 13 2011

In the final week of the legislative session, two significant proposals providing additional medical malpractice protection for physicians and nonprofit medical schools, as well as a proposal requiring out-of-state physicians and dentists to obtain expert witness certificates in order to testify in medical malpractice actions, were passed by the Legislature


2011 legislative session ends late, mired in controversy
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • May 13 2011

The 2011 legislative session came to a close at 3:35 a.m. Saturday after a long night of political maneuvering by House and Senate leaders


Significant growth management revisions passed through the budget process
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • May 13 2011

As part of the budget package, the House and Senate agreed to a significant revision of the state's growth management laws


Department of Economic Opportunity created out of a merger of state agencies
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • May 13 2011

Created out of a merger of the Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development (OTTED), portions of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), and portions of the Agency for Workforce Innovation (AWI), the Department of Economic Opportunity will be in place by October 1, 2011


Property insurance reforms head to the governor
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • May 13 2011

Senate Bill 408 was sent to the governor on Wednesday and is the culmination of at least two years of work to significantly reform Florida's property insurance laws


Legislature approves $69 billion budget, filling a nearly $4 billion deficit
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • May 13 2011

The Legislature approved a $69.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2011 2012, closing a nearly $4 billion budget deficit by reducing a number of areas that included education, health care, and state employee benefits


Motor vehicle insurance reforms die in committee
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • May 13 2011

Despite compelling evidence highlighting a crisis in personal injury protection (PIP) claim fraud, the Legislature once again did not pass proposals that proponents argued would meaningfully reduce such fraud


Budget conference fast tracked, but major issues remain.
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • May 3 2011

The Legislature convened in conference on the budget on Wednesday after accusations earlier in the week regarding gamesmanship by members of both chambers