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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


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


Florida Senate launches Medicaid reform proposal
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 21 2011

On Tuesday night, Sen Joe Negron, Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Appropriations, outlined the Senate's proposal to reform the state's Medicaid program


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


Tourism picks up after two years of declines
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 21 2011

On Thursday, Visit Florida reported that the number of visitors to Florida in 2010 increased by more than two percent compared to 2009, resulting in preliminary estimate of more than 82 million individuals visiting Florida


Miami-Dade grand jury recommends changes to increase sales tax collection compliance
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 15 2011

Last week, a Miami-Dade grand jury proposed a number of recommendations to increase the state's sales tax collections


Lakeland city commission endorses Clark Road high-speed rail stop
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 15 2011

Lakeland city commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing a high-speed rail stop at Clark Road, near the western end of the Polk Parkway


Prescription Drug Monitoring Program targeted for elimination
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 15 2011

In 2009, a bill creating the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program was passed into law after similar proposals had languished for years with few or no committee hearings


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