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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.


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.


Physician tort reform proposals approved in the final week of session

USA - May 13 2011 In the final week of the legislative session, two significant proposals providing additional medical malpractice protection for physicians and nonprofit medical schools, as well as a proposal requiring out-of-state physicians and dentists to obtain expert witness certificates in order to testify in medical malpractice actions, were passed by the Legislature....

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


Property insurance reforms head to the governor

USA - May 13 2011 Senate Bill 408 was sent to the governor on Wednesday and is the culmination of at least two years of work to significantly reform Florida's property insurance 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.