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Latest polling shows a close contest for governor and a solid lead for Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate race
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • September 20 2010

A poll of likely voters released by Rasmussen Reports on September 15, 2010 has the Republican candidate, former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, maintaining his lead over Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running without party affiliation, and the Democratic candidate, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek


2010 2012 House leadership begins to take shape
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • September 20 2010

On September 15, 2010, House Speaker-Designate Dean Cannon (R-Winter Park) designated two representatives to fill key leadership posts, presuming the Republicans maintain control of the chamber in the November elections


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


House sends Medicaid reform legislation to the Senate largely unchanged, while Senate continues debate in committee
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 4 2011

On Wednesday and Thursday, the House passed H.B. 7107 and H.B. 7109, bills which transition the delivery system for Florida's Medicaid program to statewide managed care


Senate rejects repeal of drug database and Gov. Rick Scott creates a pill mill strike force, while House dispensing ban bill advances
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 4 2011

On Monday, the Senate Health Regulation Committee rejected an attempt by Chairman Rene Garcia to amend a repeal of the drug database onto S.B. 818 by Sen. Fasano. S.B. 818 strengthens a number of provisions related to controlled substances, but does not repeal the drug database


House unveils $400-million economic development superfund while workshopping new department of economic opportunity
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 4 2011

House Select Committee on Government Reorganization approved two proposals that create a $400-million State Economic Enhancement and Development Trust Fund


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


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