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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


Oil spill: special legislative session on offshore drilling called for July 20 23, 2010
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • July 12 2010

On July 8, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist issued a proclamation calling the Florida Legislature into a special session from 12:00 pm on Tuesday, July 20 through 5:00 pm on Friday, July 23


Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott challenges campaign finance law
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • July 12 2010

On July 7, 2010, Rick Scott, a Republican candidate for governor, filed an action in federal district court in Tallahassee challenging a provision of the Florida campaign finance law


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


Legislature: Gov. Crist vetoes executive branch reforms and insurance bills
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • June 2 2010

Gov. Crist, who recently left the Republican Party to run for the U.S. Senate as an independent candidate, has vetoed several bills that were top priorities for the leadership of the Legislature's Republican majority and various business interests


Utility regulation: Public Service Commission (PSC) nominating council to interview 28 applicants for two PSC vacancies
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • June 2 2010

On June 1, 2010, the Florida PSC Nominating Council voted to interview 28 applicants for two current PSC vacancies, out of a total of 60 applicants


State budget: Governor Charlie Crist signs $70.4-billion budget for Fiscal Year 2010 2011 and vetoes $371 million in spending
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • June 2 2010

On May 28, 2010, Gov. Crist signed HB 5001, the general appropriations act for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2010