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June 21, 2018

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2018 How Florida Compares: Taxes

Florida continues to be a relatively low tax state. Floridians' per capita state and local own source revenue collections total $5,679, the 42nd highest amount among the 50 states. Read more »
Published on 6/20/2018

To Tax Or Not To Tax? Florida Voters To See Questions On November Ballot

Recent polling shows there are four constitutional amendments poised for approval on Florida's November ballot. Three of those deal exclusively with the issue of taxation. But there's ongoing concern that determining tax policy through constitutional referendum isn't in the public's best interest. Read more »
Published on 6/20/2018

FHP to Aggressive Drivers: Think Twice

Practice patience when driving on the road Read more »
Published on 6/19/2018

Florida Regulators Struggle To Keep Up With Medical Marijuana Industry

Florida's embattled medical marijuana office continues wading through rulemaking—two years after Florida voters approved the system. But the industry is moving faster than regulators ability to govern it, leading to problems. Read more »
Published on 6/12/2018

Nelson Mullins and Broad and Cassel to Combine Into Super-Regional Law Firm

Combined Firm to Have Over 725 Attorneys Across 11 States and the District of Columbia Read more »
Published on 6/11/2018

Mental Health: The Issue of Our Time

I thank Judge Steve Leifman, co-chair of the Special Committee on Mental Health in the Courts and chair of the Florida Supreme Court Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Court, for his assistance in drafting this column and spotlighting this important issue for our members. Read more »
Published on 6/11/2018

John M. Stewart to become Florida Bar's president-elect

Vero Beach attorney John M. Stewart will become president-elect of The Florida Bar at its Annual Convention June 13-16 in Orlando. Read more »
Published on 6/6/2018

Michelle Suskauer to become the Florida Bar's 70th President

West Palm Beach attorney Michelle R. Suskauer will be sworn in as the 70th president of The Florida Bar when the Bar holds its Annual Convention from June 13-16 in Orlando. She will be sworn in at the General Assembly on Friday, June 15. Vero Beach attorney John M. Stewart will be sworn in as president-elect. Read more »
Published on 6/6/2018

EAC announces 55 percent of "Help American Vote Act" funds have been requested by 26 states

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today announced that 26 states have requested $209,638,865 in newly available funds(opens in new tab) to improve the administration of elections for Federal office, 55 percent of the total amount available. Read more »
Published on 6/6/2018

Florida's crime rate hits 47-year low

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida's crime rate is now at a 47-year low. The crime rate has dropped six percent since 2016, and since Gov. Scott took office, the crime rate has dropped 27 percent. In 2017, there were 28,640 fewer crimes than in 2016, which is a 4.5 percent decrease. This year, Governor Scott was proud to invest more than $5.2 billion in public safety in the Securing Florida's Future budget. Read more »
Published on 5/22/2018

Businesses Continue to Create Thousands of Jobs for Floridians

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida businesses have created 1,516,900 jobs since December 2010, including 8,300 private-sector jobs in April and 170,400 in the last year. Florida's annual job growth rate of 2.3 percent continues to exceed the nation's rate of 1.8 percent. Read more »
Published on 5/18/2018

Florida Sues Major Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi today filed an action in state court against some of the nation's largest opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in the national opioid crisis. The complaint names as defendants opioid manufacturers Purdue Pharma L.P., Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Cephalon, Inc., and Allergan plc and related companies, and opioid distributors AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., McKesson Corporation, and Mallinckrodt LLC and related company. Read more »
Published on 5/16/2018

Gov. Scott Signs Legislation that Creates Sales Tax Holiday for Hurricane Supplies

In March 2018, Governor Rick Scott, joined by Representative Ritch Workman, local leaders, emergency management personnel, first responders, health and medical professionals, and industry and business representatives, signed House Bill 5601 that cuts more than $121 million in taxes for Florida families and creates a nine-day sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies beginning May 31. Read more »
Published on 5/8/2018

Volkswagen Settlement - Florida Mitigation Fund

Volkswagen Consent Decree and Partial Settlements Read more »
Published on 4/30/2018

Video: 'The Roof We're Sitting Under' about Marie Ann Glass v. Nationstar Mortgage et al.

A Florida Supreme Court case that could affect attorney income is getting widespread attention and attracting participation from firms not involved in the litigation. Read more »
Published on 4/25/2018

USDA Implements up to $2.36 Billion to Help Agricultural Producers Recover after 2017 Hurricanes and Wildfires

‘2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program' to Aid Recovery in Rural Communities Read more »
Published on 4/25/2018

Gov. Scott identifies "low tax opportunity zones" statewide to encourage investment

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced his recommendation to designate 427 communities across every Florida county as Low Tax Opportunity Zones. Low Tax Opportunity Zones, as established in the federal Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017, encourage long-term investment and job creation in targeted communities by reducing taxes for many job creators. Read more »
Published on 4/19/2018

CRC approves eight revisions for the 2018 general election ballot

The Florida Constitutional Revision Commission approved eight revisions to be placed on the 2018 General Election ballot for voter consideration. Read more »
Published on 4/17/2018

Rep. Ross Announces He Will Not Be Seeking Re-election in 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, today announced he will not be seeking re-election in 2018. Read more »
Published on 4/11/2018

Gov. Scott Applauds Florida Legislature's Unanimous Passage of Bill to Hold Maduro Regime Accountable

Governor Rick Scott issued the following statement following the Florida Senate unanimously voting in support of HB 359. Read more »
Published on 3/29/2018

State considers changes to Medicaid eligibility

Proposed changes to Florida's Medicaid eligibility requirements would make it harder for people to get coverage after they become sick. Read more »
Published on 3/27/2018

Visitation canceled at six institutions; Visitor contraband interdiction

The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) has zero tolerance for contraband of any kind, and visitors attempting to introduce contraband are subject to immediate termination of their visitation privileges. Read more »
Published on 3/27/2018

Gov. Rick Scott signs 74 bills into law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On Friday, March 23, 2018, Governor Rick Scott signed the following bills into law: Read more »
Published on 3/26/2018

Gov. Scott Directs FDOT to Suspend Federal Payments for Collapsed FIU Bridge

On Monday, Governor Rick Scott directed Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary Mike Dew to suspend the payment of all federal funding for the Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge which collapsed last week, taking the lives of six Floridians. Read more »
Published on 3/19/2018

Florida Gov. Scott signs bill to combat opioids crisis

Gov. Rick Scott also highlights $65 million in funding to fight national opioid epidemic in Florida Read more »
Published on 3/19/2018

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