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Senators Start Weighing Workers' Comp Issues

December 13, 2016 - 11:00pm

The battle lines are being drawn. Or maybe they never went away.

But Florida senators Tuesday got a taste of the debate that will play out in the coming months among business, legal and labor groups as the Legislature looks at revamping the workers' compensation insurance system.

For business groups, the issue is about too much money going to attorneys who represent injured workers. For workers' attorneys, the issue is about insurers not properly paying claims. And for labor unions, the issue is about a system that has slashed benefits for people hurt on the job.

Breyer Criticizes Death Penalty in Florida Case

December 12, 2016 - 11:00pm
Stephen Breyer

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a Death Row inmate's appeal in the 4-decade-old murder of an Orlando car salesman --- but Justice Stephen Breyer used the case to raise broader questions about the death penalty.

Judge Halts Workers Comp Rate Hike over Sunshine Issues

November 23, 2016 - 11:00pm

Little more than a week before businesses were slated to get hit with increased workers' compensation insurance rates, a Leon County circuit judge Wednesday blocked the hike because of violations of Florida's Sunshine Law.

An organization that files workers' compensation rate proposals for insurers quickly said it would appeal.

Corcoran Names House Leadership Team

November 9, 2016 - 5:00pm
Richard Corcoran

Ready to formally take charge of the Florida House this month, incoming Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, on Wednesday named 11 lawmakers to his leadership team.

Judge Refuses to Halt Changes in Water Standards

October 11, 2016 - 10:00pm

An administrative law judge has refused to block the Florida Department of Environmental Protection from moving forward with new water-quality standards as legal battles continue over the controversial plan.

Workers' Comp Rates Pegged to Go Up 14.5 Percent

September 27, 2016 - 7:45pm

Pointing to a major Florida Supreme Court ruling on attorneys' fees, state regulators issued an order Tuesday that said workers' compensation insurance rates should increase 14.5 percent starting later this year.

The long-awaited order by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation trimmed a proposal that called for increasing rates 19.6 percent. Nevertheless, business groups immediately warned that a 14.5 percent increase would hurt employers.

Voucher Foes Bank Heavily on 2006 Ruling

September 26, 2016 - 10:00pm

Slightly more than a decade after the Florida Supreme Court rejected a controversial school-vouchers program, voucher opponents hope for a repeat.

Groups led by the Florida Education Association teachers union filed an initial brief Monday asking the Supreme Court to take up a challenge to the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which pays for tens of thousands of children to attend private schools.

Water Standards Fight Heads to Appeals Court

September 20, 2016 - 10:00pm

Moving quickly after a judge tossed out challenges to controversial new state water-quality standards, the city of Miami has signaled it will continue battling in an appeals court.

The city has given notice that it will appeal a ruling last week by Administrative Law Judge Bram D.E. Canter, who rejected the challenges by Miami, Martin County, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Florida Pulp and Paper Association Environmental Affairs, Inc.

Challenges to New Water Standards Tossed Out

September 14, 2016 - 10:00pm

Siding with the Department of Environmental Protection on procedural grounds, an administrative law judge has rejected a series of challenges to controversial new state water-quality standards.

Judge Bram D.E. Canter on Tuesday issued an 11-page ruling that dismissed the challenges filed last month by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the city of Miami, Martin County and Florida Pulp and Paper Association Environmental Affairs, Inc.

Legal Challenges Mount over New Water Standards

August 24, 2016 - 8:30pm

After the Seminole Tribe of Florida launched a legal challenge earlier in the month, the city of Miami and a paper-mill industry group also are taking aim at controversial new state water-quality standards.




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