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State unemployment rate down to 11.5 percent
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • March 28 2011

On Friday, the Agency for Workforce Innovation announced that Florida's unemployment rate had dropped to 11.5 percent in February, a reduction of .4 percent from the previous month


Gov. Scott appoints secretaries for the Department of Health and Agency for Health Care Administration
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • March 28 2011

Last Monday, Gov. Scott announced that he was appointing Dr. Frank Farmer as the secretary of the Department of Health, and Liz Dudek as the secretary for the Agency for Health Care Administration


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


Bill prohibiting physicians from queries about gun ownership voted out of Senate committee after compromise reached
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 4 2011

A proposal to prohibit physicians from querying their patients about the presence of guns in their homes passed last Monday after a compromise was reached between physician and gun lobbyists


Utility regulation: Senate committee passes Public Service Committee ethics legislation; joint committee seeks applicants for public counsel
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 8 2010

On February 2, 2010, the Senate Committee on Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities passed legislation that would bar Public Service Committee (PSC) staff members from engaging in ex parte discussions of issues before the PSC and impose a broad two-year lobbying ban on former commissioners and staff members


Rasmussen poll gives former speaker Rubio a 12-point lead over Gov. Crist in the Republican US Senate primary
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 8 2010

Former House Speaker Marco Rubio (R-Miami) leads Gov. Charlie Crist by 12 percentage points in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. George LeMieux, according to a survey of likely Republican voters released on February 1, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports


Education: legislative leaders propose class-size constitutional amendment
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 8 2010

On February 1, 2010, two of the Legislature's key leaders, Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and Rep. Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel), announced a plan to revise the public school class-size limits that were added to the Florida Constitution in 2002


State budget: key legislators criticize Governor Charlie Crist's state budget proposals
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 8 2010

Legislative appropriations committees have begun analyzing Gov. Crist's proposed $69.2-billion state budget for fiscal year 2010 2011


Major political fundraiser accused of operating Ponzi scheme
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • November 9 2009

The announcement that a major political fundraiser was under investigation for operating a Ponzi scheme left politicians from both parties scrambling to identify and return possibly tainted contributions