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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


State leaders question BP Plc's claims process as tar balls reach as far east as Panama City Beach
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • June 21 2010

Although beaches have not yet been closed to visitors, as of June 20, 2010, observers had found tar balls, presumably from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, along Florida Panhandle beaches from the state line east to Panama City Beach


Unemployment rate falls to 11.7 percent in May 2010
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • June 21 2010

On June 18, 2010, the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation announced that Florida's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May 2010 was 11.7 percent


As qualifying for state offices closes, seven senators and 27 representatives are reelected without opposition
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • June 21 2010

The qualifying period for all candidates for state offices for the 2010 ballot began on June 14, 2010 and ended at noon on June 18, 2010


Rep. Robert Wexler announces his resignation from the U.S. Congress, creating domino effect among other officeholders
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • October 19 2009

On October 14, 2009, U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler (D-19th Congressional District) announced that he would resign from Congress effective in January 2010 to become president of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation


Florida unemployment reaches 11 percent in September 2009
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • October 19 2009

The Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation (AWI) announced on October 16, 2009 that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September 2009 was 11 percent


Gov. Crist requests statewide grand jury on crimes by public officials
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • October 19 2009

On October 14, 2009, Gov. Charlie Crist requested the Florida Supreme Court to impanel a statewide grand jury on public corruption


Trial court dismisses some charges against former House speaker Ray Sansom; House retains former prosecutor to conduct separate investigation
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • October 12 2009

On October 5, 2009, Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis dismissed the bulk of the indictment against former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom (R-Ft. Walton Beach) and two others


Nationwide will non-renew 60,000 Florida homeowners' insurance policies
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • October 12 2009

On October 7, 2009, Nationwide Insurance Co. of Florida announced that it intends to non-renew 60,000 Florida homeowners' insurance policies over a two-year period beginning in July 2010