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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As this year's presidential race bounces along, the nation's partisan divide continues drawing attention.
People in red states and blue states talk past each other --- OK, often yell past each other. The presidential candidates can largely ignore much of the country because the real battle is in Florida and a handful of other swing states.
With a legislative battle brewing, state regulators listened to hours of testimony Tuesday as they decide whether to approve a 19.6 percent increase in workers' compensation insurance rates.
The proposed hike stems mainly from an April ruling by the Florida Supreme Court that said a limit on attorneys' fees in workers' compensation cases was unconstitutional.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida has filed a legal challenge against controversial new state water-quality standards, arguing they don't adequately take into account the amount of fish and other wildlife eaten by tribal members.
It has been a rough week for Congressman Alan Grayson in his bid for the U.S. Senate.
While thousands of Democrats rallied in Philadelphia during the party convention, Grayson was trying to fend off domestic-abuse allegations by his ex-wife.