Issues of Interest

HURRICANE MICHAEL UPDATE Residents in the Florida Panhandle are still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Michael, which struck as a powerful Category 4 storm last October. It is being referred to as “The Forgotten Hurricane”, as it hit the area known as The Forgotten Coast. Insured losses from Michael have topped $5.8 billion and Read more about Issues of Interest[…]

Legislative Issues

Below are some highlighted bills that  failed RELOCATING THE CAPITOL Representative Bill Hager’s (R-Boca Raton) bill to study the feasibility of moving the State Capitol to a more central location in Florida fell flat as it did not get a committee hearing all session. VACATION RENTALS Several bills related to vacation rentals were introduced but none passed Read more about Legislative Issues[…]

Legal Updates

CITY FORECLOSURE COSTS The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that cities have the right to sue banks over lost revenue from foreclosed homes that were the result of alleged discriminatory lending practices.  While this is considered a victory for cities, the Court also ordered lower courts to determine what types of damages cities may seek Read more about Legal Updates[…]

Bills that Failed

Bills that failed to pass this legislative session include: EDUCATION Several education bills died during session and did not make it into the conforming bill. These included: promoting computer coding courses in high school; ending mandatory third-grade retention based on state reading test results; changing class size penalties in order to allow all schools to Read more about Bills that Failed[…]

Legal Issues

DEATH PENALTY  The Florida Attorney General’s Office has stated that they intend to appeal the recent Florida Supreme Court death penalty ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Florida court ruled that jury death penalty recommendations must be unanimous. DEATH SENTENCE REVIEWS  Reacting to their unanimous death penalty sentencing ruling, the Florida Supreme Court has Read more about Legal Issues[…]