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Legislators begin to address the potential 2010-2011 budget shortfall
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • January 25 2010

In committee meetings on January 19 and 20, 2010, legislators began the task of addressing the potential shortfall in the state's budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2010


Governor Crist and legislative leaders try to prevent an unemployment tax increase
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • January 25 2010

Responding to concerns from business leaders, Gov. Charlie Crist, Senate President Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach), and House Speaker Larry Cretul (R-Ocala) on January 21, 2010 pledged to forestall a scheduled increase in unemployment taxes


State officials begin assessing the financial impact of the January freeze
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • January 25 2010

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is only in the early stages of assessing the financial impact of the 10 days of freezing temperatures earlier in the month, which affected crops in most of the state


Another Florida property insurance insolvency announced; Gov. Crist threatens to veto property insurance legislation
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 12 2010

On April 7, 2010, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation declared Northern Capital Insurance Company, a Florida-based property insurer, to be "insolvent and in hazardous financial condition."


Public Service Commission reorganization continues to move in the House but faces Senate opposition
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 12 2010

On April 9, 2010, the House Full Appropriations Council passed HB 7209, Rep. Steve Precourt's (R-Orlando) proposal to restructure the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC


Education reform package passes both chambers
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 12 2010

On April 8 and 9, 2010, the Florida House passed a series of public education proposals that had passed the Senate earlier in the legislative session


Senate hears bill to ratify new Seminole gaming compact
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 12 2010

Moving to implement the latest version of a gaming compact between the state and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the full Senate took up SB 622 by Sen. Dennis L. Jones (R-Seminole) for second reading on April 8, 2010


Gov. Crist vetoes campaign finance bill
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 12 2010

On April 6, 2010, Gov. Crist issued his first veto of the 2010 legislative session, vetoing a campaign finance bill, HB 1207 by Rep. Seth McKeel (R-Lakeland), that was a top priority for Republican leadership in both chambers


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


House and Senate budgets finalized for budget conference
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 4 2011

House and Senate budget committees voted out their respective General Appropriations Acts and related implementing and conforming bills