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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


Oil spill: special legislative session on offshore drilling called for July 20 23, 2010
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • July 12 2010

On July 8, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist issued a proclamation calling the Florida Legislature into a special session from 12:00 pm on Tuesday, July 20 through 5:00 pm on Friday, July 23


Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott challenges campaign finance law
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • July 12 2010

On July 7, 2010, Rick Scott, a Republican candidate for governor, filed an action in federal district court in Tallahassee challenging a provision of the Florida campaign finance law


Economy: Florida home sales rise while the foreclosure rate declines
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • May 17 2010

On May 11, 2010, Florida Realtors reported that existing home sales in Florida during the first quarter of 2010 were 24 percent higher than during the same period in 2009


Tampa selected to host 2012 Republican National Convention
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • May 17 2010

On May 12, 2010, Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele announced that the 2010 Republican National Convention would be held at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, with convention events occurring throughout the Tampa Bay area


State budget: as major initiatives fall, House and Senate close in on a final budget agreement
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • April 26 2010

House and Senate budget negotiators worked through the weekend of April 24 - 25, 2010 in an effort to conclude budget negotiations in time for the 2010 regular session of the Florida Legislature to end without needing an extended or special session


Florida government and politics special edition: primary election results
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • August 25 2010

In the contest for the Republican nomination for governor, Rick Scott defeated Attorney General Bill McCollum


Senate President revises committee membership
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • October 5 2009

On October 2, 2009, Senate President Jeff Atwater revised the membership of several Senate committees


Governor Charlie Crist appoints two new members to Public Service Commission, declining opportunity to reappoint two current commissioners
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • October 5 2009

On October 1, 2009, Gov. Crist appointed two new members to the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), effective January 1, 2010