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August 14, 2018

Government/Politics & Law

Election Security Grant Applications Approved for all 67 Counties

Governor Rick Scott today announced that the Florida Department of State (DOS) has now approved Election Security Grant applications for all 67 Florida counties, totaling more than $14.5 million. Read more »
Published on 8/9/2018

Massey Law Group Opens New Law Office in Broward County

Massey Law Group, P.A. (MLG), a law firm specializing in real property, business law and commercial litigation, today announced the opening of its new Broward County law office in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. MLG also welcomes Jonathan “JB” Lewis as the managing partner of the Broward County law office. Read more »
Published on 8/9/2018

Gov. Scott: Expedited Water Project Will Help Reduce Harmful Lake Okeechobee Discharges

This year, Governor Scott included funding to expedite this project in his recommended budget and then signed into law this investment of $6 million to begin construction on the S-333 expansion project by the end of the year. Read more »
Published on 8/6/2018

Sen. Bill Nelson's letter: The algae in our waters

Sen. Rubio and I are continuing to urge Congress to approve a massive reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee that can be used to help store and clean some of the water being released from the lake before it goes into our waterways. Read more »
Published on 8/6/2018

Excellence in Higher Education Act heads to Gov. Scott

SB 4 Secures Permanent Expansion of Bright Futures Academic and Medallion Scholarships Read more »
Published on 8/6/2018

SWFWMD aims to reduce risk of wildfires by scheduling prescribed fires in eight counties

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has announced the schedule for prescribed fires in the counties of Citrus, DeSoto, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Marion, Polk and Sarasota. Read more »
Published on 7/31/2018

Florida has a pattern of cutting spending on public health

By one measure, Florida cut its total spending on public health by 35% between 2009 and 2015. Read more »
Published on 7/27/2018

Indian River Lagoon Partnership Funds $2.4 Million Septic-to-Sewer Project

Project will help improve water quality in the Indian River Lagoon Read more »
Published on 7/26/2018

2018 Florida Military-Friendly Guide

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the release of the 2018 Florida Military-Friendly Guide. The annual guide, created by the Florida Defense Support Task Force, offers a summary of Florida's laws, programs and services benefitting military service members and their families. It also highlights Florida's low tax and financial advantages, educational benefits, professional licensure opportunities and fee waivers for service men, women and their families stationed in Florida. Read more »
Published on 7/24/2018

Florida's Medical Marijuana Implementation Continues To Vex Lawmakers

The Department's Office of Compassionate Use has been slammed with nearly two dozen lawsuits, half which continue to be litigated. But speaking to reporters after a Wednesday budget review committee, Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Orange Park, says the department is getting better. Read more »
Published on 7/24/2018

Triumph Agrees to Support $64.5M for MRO Construction in Northwest Florida

Triumph Gulf Coast today gave preliminary approval to $64.5 million in grants to expand the region's aerospace and aviation infrastructure. The Triumph board voted unanimously to support $56 million in major expansions of the Pensacola International Airport's maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities and $8.5 million for substantial expansion of Whiting Aviation Park in Santa Rosa County. Read more »
Published on 7/23/2018

Attorney General Bondi and Commissioner Putnam Join FTC and Other States to Combat Fraudulent Veterans Charities

Attorney General Pam Bondi, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, the Federal Trade Commission, charity regulators and state attorneys general from around the country today announced Operation Donate with Honor. Read more »
Published on 7/20/2018

Despite Privatization, Prison Health Costs Continue To Rise

As a candidate, Gov. Rick Scott pitched the idea of having private companies provide health care to the state's prisoners in a plan to save taxpayers $1 billion over seven years. But in the first five years of privatization, the cost has climbed from $278 million to $375 million. Read more »
Published on 7/19/2018

More Medical Marijuana Licenses Will Increase Access

The Florida Department of Health is committed to ensuring qualified patients have safe, reliable access to low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana. In an effort to continue to expand availability of this treatment, the department will accept applications for registration as a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) through a new rule. This new rule addresses the Pigford Class License and the four additional licenses available upon reaching 100,000 patients, as outlined by the Florida Legislature in 2017. Read more »
Published on 7/17/2018

Southeastern States Collaborate to Reduce Traffic Fatalities and Crashes

Florida Highway Patrol wants to ensure motorists “Arrive Alive” Read more »
Published on 7/17/2018

Sens. Nelson and Rubio File Bill to Extend Canadian Snowbirds' Stay

Florida's U.S. Senators — Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio — introduced legislation Thursday to extend the stay of some Canadian citizens who vacation in the U.S. Read more »
Published on 7/17/2018

Gov. Scott Takes Executive Action to Protect Access to Beaches

Signs Executive Order Calling on Counties to Not Limit Access to Beaches Read more »
Published on 7/13/2018

Gov. Scott Issues Emergency Order to Combat Algal Blooms in South Florida

CAPE CORAL – Governor Rick Scott today issued an emergency order in Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties to help combat algal blooms caused by Lake Okeechobee water discharges from the Army Corps of Engineers. Read more »
Published on 7/9/2018

Corps to suspend flows from Lake Okeechobee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will suspend water releases from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries effective Monday morning. Read more »
Published on 7/9/2018

Treasury, IRS Announce Final Round of Opportunity Zone Designations

On June 14, 2018, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the final round of Opportunity Zone designations for four additional states. In total, the program designated areas in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. possessions. Read more »
Published on 7/5/2018

Dealing with Change: Law firm leaders discuss challenges and the effects of technology

Florida's law firm managing partners discuss the changing challenges of running a firm and the effects of technology... Read more »
Published on 6/28/2018

Florida's constitutional amendments are a mixed bag

The Constitution Revision Commission, which meets every 20 years, has proposed eight constitutional amendments... Read more »
Published on 6/28/2018

CFO Jimmy Patronis: Florida Needs Cryptocurrency Oversight

lorida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis today released a statement on the need for Florida to provide oversight of the growing industry of cryptocurrency by creating a statewide cryptocurrency chief. Read more »
Published on 6/27/2018

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

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