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Federal litigation filed to contest withdrawal of redistricting amendments by Gov. Scott
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 8 2011

Two weeks ago, Gov. Scott rescinded a request to the federal Department of Justice to review, or “preclear,” two redistricting amendments (known as Amendments 5 and 6) adopted by the voters in last fall's general election


Governor Scott rescinds 154 appointees recommended by former Governor Crist
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 8 2011

Last Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott withdrew the nominations of 154 appointees submitted by former Gov. Charlie Crist, none of whom had been confirmed by the Senate


House Speaker forms select committee to streamline government
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 8 2011

Last Thursday, Florida Speaker of the House Dean Cannon created the Select Committee on Government Reorganization, tasking the committee with two primary activities: first, review government programs that purport to promote or regulate the private sector and second, review government programs involved with health and human services delivery systems


Florida House joins fight against congressional redistricting amendment
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 3 2011

The Florida House is seeking to join a lawsuit challenging the validity of Amendments 6, adopted by the voters in the 2010 general election, which requires the Legislature, in drawing congressional districts, to draw compact districts that are not drawn for the benefit of any political party


Gov. Scott releases first budget, slashes state spending
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 15 2011

Last week, Gov Scott formally introduced his proposed budget for the upcoming 2011 - 2012 and 2012 - 2013 fiscal years


Governor Rick Scott rejects federal high-speed rail funds; Senate President Mike Haridopolos offers support while a coalition of senators protests
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 21 2011

In a surprise move with as little as a five-minute notice to key lawmakers, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday rejected the nearly $2.4 billion allotted by the federal government to Florida for high-speed rail


Newly-elected Congressman David Rivera continues to face ethics scrutiny for alleged violations of state and federal law
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 3 2011

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Federal Elections Commission are reportedly conducting ongoing investigations into alleged violations of federal and state law, including a failure to disclose nearly $130,000 in loans from a company owned by Mr. Rivera's mother


Two candidates for Florida Speaker of the House drop out, leaving Rep. Richard Corcoran as the likely Speaker for the 2017 2018 biennium
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 3 2011

The candidate pool for Speaker of the House in 2017 2018 narrowed by two on February 2, 2011, as Reps. Gaetz and Albritton withdrew from the race


Teacher quality legislation filed in the Senate
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 8 2011

Late last week, Sen. Stephen Wise, chair of the Committee on Education Pre-K 12, introduced S.B. 736, a comprehensive reform of teacher and administrator contracts, evaluations, and pay


Focus on rules: committees
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • February 21 2011

Committees in the House and Senate perform the core lawmaking function of the Legislature, and, not surprisingly, a host of House and Senate rules govern their structure and operation principally House Rule 7 and Senate Rule 2