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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


Florida returns funds designated for implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 8 2011

Shortly after US District Court Judge Vinson's ruling last week finding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) unconstitutional, Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty rescinded acceptance of a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


House appoints Redistricting Committee members and convenes first meetings
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 25 2011

Last Monday, Speaker of the House Dean Cannon appointed members of the House Redistricting Committees and Subcommittees, appointing Speaker-Designate Will Weatherford as the chair of the committee


Senate Medicaid proposal passes out of its final committee
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 18 2011

After adopting 23 amendments, the Senate Budget Committee approved S.B. 1972 by Sen. Joe Negron, which will enact a comprehensive reform of Florida's Medicaid system


Rep. Frank Artiles fined for living outside of his Miami district
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 25 2011

Freshman Rep. Artiles, elected to represent District 119 last November, has admitted that he does not live in his district, potentially subjecting him to fines for every day he has lived outside of his district


Budget discussions stall while the end of the regular session looms
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 25 2011

With only two weeks remaining in the 2011 regular session, House and Senate leaders have not yet reached agreement on the broad spending parameters of the budget, otherwise known as "allocations."


Governor Scott appoints Department of Transportation Secretary
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 25 2011

Last Monday, Governor Rick Scott appointed Ananth Prasad as the new Secretary of the Department of Transportation


Senate idles while House moves ahead on key proposals
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 25 2011

Last week, the Senate did not convene committee meetings or floor time in observance of Passover and Easter


Legislative committees consider constitutional amendments to address the “recapture rule” and lower the non-homestead assessment cap
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 18 2011

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Joint Resolution 658 by Sen. Mike Fasano