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Legislature: Senate President Atwater recommends a December special legislative session on rail transportation
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • October 26 2009

After an October 19, 2009, meeting with federal officials, Florida Senate President Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach) recommended that the legislature convene a special session in December to address passenger rail issues


Gaming: House Speaker Cretul declares impasse in seminole gaming negotiations, requests federal action
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • October 26 2009

In a letter to the National Indian Gaming Commission dated October 21, 2009, House Speaker Larry Cretul (R-Ocala) stated that the state’s negotiations with the Seminole Tribe of Florida over a proposed gaming compact had reached an impasse that could be remedied only through federal intervention


Senate votes to place amendment on 2012 ballot prohibiting mandatory purchase of health insurance
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • March 14 2011

On Wednesday, the Senate voted out SJR 2, an amendment to the Florida Constitution that would, among other provisions, prohibit individuals from being compelled to purchase health care coverage


Potential Lakeland high-speed rail stop criticized.
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 3 2011

As Florida's federally funded high-speed rail project moves forward, a potential site in Lakeland at the campus of the University of South Florida (USF) Polytechnic is facing criticism


House and Senate committees gather input on teacher quality in preparation for reform legislation
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 3 2011

House and Senate education committees this week gathered input from stakeholders regarding reforms to teacher contracts, pay, evaluations, and training


Gov. Scott proposes restructuring the Department of Commerce
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 3 2011

On Thursday, Gov. Scott unveiled a proposal to recreate the Department of Commerce


Texas Representative advocates prison reform before Senate Criminal Justice Committees
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 3 2011

Texas Rep. Jerry Madden advocated for prison reform before a joint meeting of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee and Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Subcommittee on Monday


Senate Committee hears proposal for destination casinos
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 3 2011

Representatives of Las Vegas Sands Corporation and Wynn Casinos advocated for the authority to establish "destination casinos" in Florida


House and Senate leaders indicate that the budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year is approaching $5 billion
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 3 2011

The increase from the previous estimate of $3.6 billion is due in large part to an increase to the state's "rainy day" funds in order to preserve the state's credit rating


Senate panel continues immigration reform discussion
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 3 2011

The Senate continued a discussion of immigration reform Monday, as part of a three-part series of meetings that began on January 10 and will conclude on February 7