Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Tuesday, March 31
Mar 31, 2009
When the Florida Supreme Court last year struck down caps on attorney fees in workers compensation cases, Jacksonville lawyer Tom Edwards knew immediately what he would be doing during the spring session of the Legislature.
A Broward family’s efforts to collect $30.76 million from the Broward Sheriff’s Office after a car crash that paralyzed a teen stalled Monday when lawmakers tabled the bill in its first committee stop.
The state Department of Business and Professional Regulation is investigating a Brevard County-based hurricane shutter company working in Indian River and St. Lucie counties, according to agency officials and documents.
Medicaid Reform could branch off in a new direction under a proposal that could emerge from a House committee this week. It would set up “medical homes” for patients using community health centers, based on the famed Mayo Clinic model of having a whole team consulting on a patient’s needs in one site.
Advocates for uninsured children are urging lawmakers to hear a bill to streamline enrollment procedures for KidCare, the state’s subsidized health insurance program for children, reminding them that it would bring in extra federal money they do.
Crist has stayed out of the budget fray, but lawmakers have begun to question the wisdom of his stance.
Gov. Charlie Crist’s policy of disengagement is testing the limits of lawmakers’ patience and raising questions about his leadership. As the legislative session nears the midway point, Crist keeps at a safe distance from the politically turbulent talk of painful budget cuts and higher taxes swirling about him.
Senate Republicans and Democrats Monday announced a broad tobacco-tax plan to address rising health-care costs in the state budget.
A coalition of real estate professionals, including home builders, lenders and Realtors, said it would pressure state lawmakers to find a way to advance a new $8,000 federal tax credit to new home buyers so they can use it to make down payments.
Bennett proposal to add 4 years holds merits
Sarasota’s Nancy Detert, chair of the Florida Senate’s Committee on Education Pre K-12, is among those who have spent the past few weeks trolling the recession-dry state budget in an effort to find enough money to adequately finance public schools.
Supporting a proposed commuter rail project in the Orlando area would fulfill Sen. Jeff Atwater’s pledge to his constituents to focus on issues that reduce unemployment, backers wrote the Senate president in a letter Monday.
Governor Charlie Crist Tuesday announced the allocation of more than $168 million in federal economic stimulus funds to state and local governments through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.
State to gain much if decades-old embargo is eased.
In an open letter to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, released at the European Insurance Forum in Dublin, a number of the world’s leading insurance organizations urged him to recognize that “insurance has a fundamentally different business model from banking.”
The chairmen of key U.S. Senate and House committees have promised President Obama they will work together to have legislation on his desk by year’s end creating a “new, more robust regulatory framework” for financial services firms.
Deft Research Releases Study showing state of the senior health care market
Carlos Pabon, left, hurt on the job in 1997, spent years seeking workers compensation. The hurt workers wait on benches at the Queens office of the New York State Workers Compensation Board.
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