By:  Emily G. Pierce Pursuant to Chapter 2017-149 Laws of Florida, the Florida Legislature adopted numerous changes to the Florida Building Code.  Included within the changes is the addition of subsection 20 to Section 553.79, Florida Statutes.  The new subsection prohibits cities and counties from adopting or enforcing any ordinance, building permit, or development order... read more

By: Trey Mills In an effort to protect small businesses, Governor Scott vetoed the highly controversial Senate Bill 106 on May 24th.  The bill would have eliminated the “liquor wall” law that requires physical separation between areas used for the sale of spirits and the sale of other retail goods.  Large retailers such as Target, Costco and Walmart argued that the bill... read more

By:  Emily G. Pierce Frustrated with the Legislature’s failure to fund Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida, two projects which the Governor sees as critical to the future of Florida, and following on the heels of his veto of approximately $410 million in education funding, the Governor has convened a special Legislative session for June 7 through June 9.  The special session... read more

By:  Emily G. Pierce On Friday, June 2, 2017, Governor Rick Scott signed an $83 billion state budget into law.  However, he also vetoed $410 million in education and special legislative projects which included over $15.5 million earmarked for local and regional projects.  Included within the list of vetoed items were the following projects: Nassau Council on Aging –... read more

By:  Emily G. Pierce The Senate and House adopted legislation (SB 90/HB 1351) implementing Amendment 4 which had been approved by a supermajority of the voters in 2016.  Prior to the approval of Amendment 4, the Florida Constitution exempted renewable energy source devices (a/k/a solar equipment) installed on residential properties from being taxed as tangible personal property, but... read more

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