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May 25, 2018

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Gov. Rick Scott statement on Florida Supreme Court's denial

Please see the statement below regarding the Florida Supreme Court's denial of Governor Scott's motion to disqualify Justice Barbara Pariente from the case of League of Women Voters Florida, et al. v. Rick Scott (SC17-1122). See the decision HERE. Read more »
Published on 11/29/2017

Gov. Scott's 'Securing Florida's Future Budget' includes historic investment to protect Florida's environment

Governor Rick Scott's Securing Florida's Future budget recommends more than $1.7 billion to protect and enhance Florida's environment - a more than $220 millionincrease over the current year. Read more »
Published on 11/15/2017

Gov. Scott releases his 'Securing Florida's Future Budget'

Gov. Scott notes his budget proposals "makes historic investments and cuts taxes." Read more »
Published on 11/14/2017

Gov. Scott Announces $178 Million Investment for Florida's Active Military, Veterans and Their Families

Also supports Proposal that Gives Free Tuition to Families of Fallen First Responders, Law Enforcement & Military Read more »
Published on 11/13/2017

Governor Scott Announces Free Admission to Florida State Parks on Veterans Day

Governor Rick Scott has announced that Florida State Parks will be offering free admission for all families and visitors on Veterans Day, November 11th, to honor all who have served and are currently serving in our U.S. military. Florida State Parks offer year-round discounts on Annual Entrance Passes to those who currently serve or have served in the U.S. military, veterans with service related disabilities and surviving spouses of members of the U.S. military who have fallen in combat. Read more »
Published on 11/10/2017

Gov. Scott Issues Updates on State Action to Assist Puerto Rico

On Thursday, Governor Rick Scott directed the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) to activate the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to Level 2. This means the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) has activated, enhancing coordination between federal, state and local emergency management agencies. Today's activation is in response to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offering Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) to Puerto Rican families in Florida who were displaced by Hurricane Maria. Read more »
Published on 11/10/2017

Florida Insurance Commissioner Approves a 9.5% Decrease to Florida's Workers' Compensation Insurance Rates

Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier has issued a Final Order granting approval to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) for a statewide overall rate level decrease of 9.5% and premium level decrease of 9.8%. Read more »
Published on 11/10/2017

Senate President Joe Negron's memo to senators on Jack Latvala's removal as Appropriations Chairman

Today, President of the Florida Senate Joe Negron sent the following memo to all the Senate staff: Read more »
Published on 11/6/2017

Sen. Jack Latvala requests leave of absence to defend himself against sexual harassment allegations

Today, state Senator Jack Latvala sent the following letter to Florida Senate President Joe Negron: Read more »
Published on 11/6/2017

Gov. Scott Proposes $180 Million in Tax Cuts for Florida Families

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that he will propose $180 million in tax cuts for Florida families as part of his 2018-2019 recommended budget. The Governor's proposal includes sales tax holidays to help families prepare for the school year and hurricane season, and reductions to many of the fees on driver's licenses. Read more »
Published on 11/6/2017

Repurposing Undesirable Property

Real estate law requires disclosure when a property has been contaminated — understandably so. But opportunities can lie in the most unlikely places. Read more »
Published on 10/27/2017

Law firm charts new waters with new climate-change group

Hinshaw & Culbertson have formed a practice group to deal with climate change-related issues. Read more »
Published on 10/26/2017

Gov. Rick Scott leads economic development mssion to Chicago

On Tuesday, Governor Rick Scott announced he will be leading an economic development mission to Chicago this week to share why businesses in Chicago should consider moving their operations to Florida. Read more »
Published on 10/25/2017

Gov. Scott proposes historic investments for Florida's environment

$1.7 billion for Florida's beaches, springs, state parks, Everglades and natural treasures Read more »
Published on 10/23/2017

Appeals Court Upholds Emergency Generator Rule

On Thursday, Governor Rick Scott made the following statement regarding a ruling in the Agency for Health Care Administration's favor from the First District Court of Appeal. The Court denied a major challenge to the Governor's emergency generator rule that requires every nursing home and assisted living facility in Florida to have a working generator and 96 hours of fuel to keep their patients safe during a disaster. Read more »
Published on 10/20/2017

Rubio, Nelson Lead Florida Members in Urging Appropriations Committees to Provide Additional Hurricane Aid

U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) led nearly all members of the Florida congressional delegation in urging the leaders of the Senate and House appropriations committees to provide additional resources for hurricane recovery efforts in Florida. Read more »
Published on 10/9/2017

Twelve defendants in south Florida charged with $20 million in food stamp fraud

Twelve defendants charged federally with collectively receiving over $20 million from USDA by fraudulently trading food stamps for cash Read more »
Published on 10/4/2017

Sen. Bill Nelson files tax-relief bill to help victims of hurricanes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) filed legislation on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, to provide some much needed tax relief to individuals and small businesses hit hardest by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Read more »
Published on 10/4/2017

Attorney General Bondi Issues Subpoenas in Debris-Removal Investigation

On Monday, Attorney General Pam Bondi issued investigative subpoenas to three debris-removal companies in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Read more »
Published on 10/3/2017

Gov. Scott declares State of Emergency for Hurricane Maria to support Puerto Rico

Today, Governor Rick Scott signed Executive Order 17-259 declaring a State of Emergency in all 67 Florida counties in response to Hurricane Maria's catastrophic impact on Puerto Rico. Read more »
Published on 10/2/2017

Hot water: SeaWorld faces class-action lawsuits and investigations

In June, Orlando-based Sea-World Entertainment disclosed that it has received subpoenas from both the DOJ and the SEC. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2017

Calling the shots: GrayRobinson law firm gives Mayanne Downs full control

GrayRobinson's organizational structure gives Mayanne Downs power that other law firm managing partners lack. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2017

Gov. Scott activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for small businesses damaged by Hurricane Irma

Today, Governor Rick Scott activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma. Read more »
Published on 9/14/2017

Federal Family Continues Response and Relief Operations Following Hurricane Irma

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is actively coordinating the efforts of dozens of federal agencies as recovery and relief efforts following Hurricane Irma continue, in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), Puerto Rico, and Florida. Read more »
Published on 9/13/2017

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