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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


Democratic candidate for governor raises nearly twice as much as her chief rival in the third quarter; Republican candidate could face serious primary opposition
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • October 12 2009

The Democratic gubernatorial campaign of Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink announced fundraising totals of more than $1.6 million for the calendar quarter ending on September 30, 2009


Both parties' primary races for the U.S. Senate heat up
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • October 12 2009

Florida Republicans can anticipate a well-funded, hotly contested primary race for U.S. Senate in 2010


Budget shortfall for the 2010 2011 fiscal year could reach $2.6 billion
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • October 12 2009

Florida lawmakers are anticipating that, in spite of recent years' budget cuts and tax and fee increases, a continuation of state activities at their current level would produce a $2.6 billion shortfall for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2010


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


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