2017 Florida Legislative Session Agricultural Update

The first week of the 2017 Regular Legislative Session ended on March 10. We are now in week 2. We will provide periodic updates as the Legislative Session continues, and for any relevant legislation, the full text of each bill and any amendments can be found on the legislative web sites. (http://www.flsenate.gov; http://www.myfloridahouse.com; and http://www.leg.state.fl.us.) […]

2017 Florida Pre-Legislative Session Agricultural Update

Interim committee meetings leading up to the 2017 Legislative Session continue. Bills are still entering the system on a daily basis, and committees are hearing increasingly more bills. We will provide periodic updates as the Legislative Session continues, and for any relevant legislation, the full text of each bill and any amendments can be found […]

Changes to Medical Marijuana Law Under Amendment 2

Published: November 21st, 2016

By: Brittany O. Finkbeiner John L. Wharton

Amendment 2, which passed during the 2016 General Election, creates more broad use of medical marijuana than that which was authorized under existing statutes adopted in 2014 and subsequently amended in 2015 and 2016. The amendment allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician. […]

New Public Records Requirements for Florida

Published: November 8th, 2016

By: Brittany O. Finkbeiner John L. Wharton

What do businesses contracting with the state need to know? When a private business enters a contract for services on behalf of a state agency, that business becomes subject to Florida’s Public Records Act for purposes of that contract. Although there are other factors that may come in to play in each case, a business […]

Protecting Trade Secrets Under Florida’s Public Records Act

Published: October 21st, 2016

By: Brittany O. Finkbeiner John L. Wharton

Providing documents to a state agency often results in those documents, and the information they contain, becoming public record. However, applying for a permit or otherwise interacting with an arm of the state or a local government does not necessarily mean that information kept as confidential will become public, if the right steps to protect […]