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On March 29, 2023, the governor of Florida signed into law the “Live Local Act,” a comprehensive set of laws, both new and amended, including appropriations totaling $711 million for the current or upcoming fiscal year and $1.5 billion over the next 10 years, to help support affordable housing policies in the state.
On Feb. 20, 2023, Florida Rep. Bob Rommel (R-Naples) introduced comprehensive legislation in the Florida House of Representatives, Florida House Bill 3 (HB 3 or the Bill), in an effort to address government and corporate activism by amending Florida statute provisions relating to: (i) deposits and investments of state money; (ii) state retirement plans and systems; (iii) state trust fund assets and public funds; (iv) state bonds; (v) state government contracts; (vi) financial institutions; (vii) consumer finance companies; (viii) money services businesses; and (ix) unfair and deceptive trade practices.
State-run Insurer Could See Fewer Policies, But No Rate Relief Likely for Homeowners
With the Florida Supreme Court’s recent amendment to Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.530, litigants statewide now must take an extra step in the trial court to preserve for appeal challenges to defects that appear on the face of final orders and judgments.
On Sept. 22, 2022, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 22-216, which prohibits state and local government entities from procuring technology products and services from companies owned, controlled, or domiciled in foreign countries of concern.
At an Aug. 23 meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Ron DeSantis and his fellow Trustees of the State Board of Administration (SBA) unanimously adopted a resolution restricting the use of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors in making investment decisions in the Florida Retirement System Defined Benefit Plan.
Invoking the “upside down world” depicted in Netflix drama, Stranger Things, the federal District Court for the Northern District of Florida blocked Florida’s Individual Freedom Act (IFA) on constitutional grounds. Honeyfund.com Inc. v. Ron DeSantis et al., No. 4:22-cv-00227 (N.D. Fla. Aug. 18, 2022).
Florida’s new Miya’s Law, Fla. Stat. 83.515, imposes background screening and other specific requirements on landlords regarding their employees who work in apartments that can be classified as “nontransient” or “transient.”
There are two key cases pending before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida on Florida’s “Stop W.O.K.E. Act”: the Falls, et al. v. DeSantis, et al., matter (No. 4:22-cv-00166) and the Honeyfund.com, et al. v. DeSantis, et al., matter (No. 4:22-cv-00227). The Northern District of Florida has issued its first order on the Act, which went into effect on July 1, 2022.
A new idea for an 11,000 square foot mansion in Miami, FL known as the “Meta Residence” has raised quite a few eyebrows in the world of real estate and NFTs.
Most employment-based permanent residency applications require the applicant to go through the PERM labor certification process where the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) certifies that there are not sufficient U.S. workers able, available, and qualified to fill a position.
On May 18, 2023, the United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith, a case that presented the Court with an opportunity to bring clarity to the often highly subjective standards lower courts apply when deciding the issue of fair use of visual works of art under copyright law.
It is more important than ever that employers understand the serious long-term, non-monetary consequences of settling or accepting Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations.
A new Washington law regulating employers’ use of production quotas or production standards for employees working at warehouse distribution centers (House Bill 1762) will go into effect on July 1, 2024.
As a part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (CAA), Congress passed new exceptions to the Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark Law) and the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) allowing certain healthcare entities to provide mental health or behavioral health improvement and/or maintenance programs to physicians and other clinicians.
On May 17, 2023, the Texas Senate approved Senate Bill No. 14 (SB 14), prohibiting physicians from providing gender-affirming medical care to minors experiencing gender dysphoria (distress that results from having one’s gender identity not match one’s sex assigned at birth).
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