Movers and Shakers

Tom Lee Senator Tom Lee (R-Brandon) has announced he will resign his senate seat, effective November 3rd. Lee was elected to the Florida Senate in 1996, serving as President from 2004 to 2006. He ran unsuccessfully for Florida’s chief financial officer in 2006. Lee was elected again to the Florida Senate in 2012 and served as Read more about Movers and Shakers[…]

Legal Updates

BALLOT CANDIDATE ORDER A three judge panel of the 11th U.S. District Court of Appeals previously rejected the plaintiffs request to do away with the nearly 70-year-old process of determining the ballot order of candidates. The national Democratic Party has requested a reconsideration of the issue by the full court. As previously reported, current law requires Read more about Legal Updates[…]

Movers and Shakers

Danny Burgess Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs executive director Danny Burgess submitted his resignation as secretary, effective June 18th. Burgess is now running to fill Senator Tom Lee’s senate seat. Burgess, a former Zephyrhills mayor, served as a Republican in the Florida House from 2014 until his appointment to lead the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in Read more about Movers and Shakers[…]

Issues of Interest

AMBULANCE PROVIDER RULES State Surgeon General Scott Rivkees issued an emergency order temporarily suspending a requirement that emergency medical transportation providers obtain a “certificate of public convenience and necessity” from counties to offer services. The order came after an ambulance service tried to expand into a neighboring county last year but local officials refused to approve Read more about Issues of Interest[…]

Issues of Interest

ELECTION FUNDING Secretary of State Laurel Lee has requested $20.2 million from the federal Election Assistance Commission to help Florida prepare for the 2020 elections. The money comes from $400 million authorized by Congress as part of the CARES Act. Election expenses are anticipated to increase as there is higher interest in voting by mail, adding Read more about Issues of Interest[…]