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2011 legislative session ends late, mired in controversy

USA - May 13 2011 The 2011 legislative session came to a close at 3:35 a.m. Saturday after a long night of political maneuvering by House and Senate leaders....

Robert H. Hosay, Jonathan P. Kilman, Thomas J. Maida, G. Donovan Brown, Paul W. Lowell.


Medicaid overhaul passed by the Legislature

USA - May 13 2011 Heralding the most significant change in Florida's Medicaid program in at least 15 years, the Legislature passed H.B. 7107 and H.B. 7109....

Robert H. Hosay, Jonathan P. Kilman, Thomas J. Maida, G. Donovan Brown, Paul W. Lowell.


Department of Economic Opportunity created out of a merger of state agencies

USA - May 13 2011 Created out of a merger of the Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development (OTTED), portions of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), and portions of the Agency for Workforce Innovation (AWI), the Department of Economic Opportunity will be in place by October 1, 2011....

Robert H. Hosay, Jonathan P. Kilman, Thomas J. Maida, G. Donovan Brown, Paul W. Lowell.


Significant growth management revisions passed through the budget process

USA - May 13 2011 As part of the budget package, the House and Senate agreed to a significant revision of the state's growth management laws....

Robert H. Hosay, Jonathan P. Kilman, Thomas J. Maida, G. Donovan Brown, Paul W. Lowell.


Commercial insurance and workers' compensation reforms approved by the Legislature

USA - May 13 2011 Following up on last year's deregulation of ratemaking for most forms of commercial insurance, H.B. 99 by Rep. Brad Drake deregulates additional forms of commercial insurance, which include general liability; nonresidential property; nonresidential multiperil; excess property; and burglary and theft....

Robert H. Hosay, Jonathan P. Kilman, Thomas J. Maida, G. Donovan Brown, Paul W. Lowell.