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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


House Medicaid proposals scheduled for a first hearing
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • March 14 2011

Today, the House will be taking up its Medicaid reform proposal in draft form for the first time this session


Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of Oxycontin, offers to fund startup of prescription drug database
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • March 14 2011

On Wednesday, Purdue Pharma offered the state $1 million over two years to start up the state's stalled prescription drug database


House proposes to end prescription drug database
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • March 14 2011

The House Health and Human Services Committee voted out two proposed committee bills on Thursday that will repeal the state's prescription drug database and prohibit the dispensing of controlled substances by physicians


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


Legislative leaders put "unemployment tax fix" on the fast track
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 15 2010

Senate President Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach) told reporters on February 9, 2010 that the full Senate would vote on the unemployment tax fix, legislation that softens the impact on employers of this year's automatic unemployment tax increase on March 2, the first day of the 2010 legislative session


60-day regular legislative session convenes on March 2; 2010 action on unemployment tax issue expected during first week
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • March 1 2010

The 60-day regular session of the Florida Legislature will convene on March 2, 2010


Latest polls give Marco Rubio a strong lead over Gov. Crist in the Republican U.S. Senate primary; Quinnipiac poll gives Gov. Crist a slight lead running as an independent
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 19 2010

According to a Quinnipiac University Polling Institute poll of registered voters released on April 15, 2010, Mr. Rubio now leads Gov. Crist in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate by 56 percent to 33 percent, with 10 percent undecided