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Florida Medical Marijuana Issues Discussed by Dan Russell in Orlando Business Journal

Published: April 12th, 2019

By: Daniel R. Russell

The 2019 Florida Legislative Session focused on healthcare and made significant changes to the delivery system of healthcare.  The Legislature opened regulatory structures in an effort to expand competition, with the ultimate goal of lowering costs to the consumer. The issue that got the most attention – the Certificate of Need program for the general […]

Florida Legislative Update: Significant Changes Ahead for Healthcare Providers

Published: May 15th, 2019

By: Jennifer P. Ungru

The 2019 Florida Legislative Session focused on healthcare and made significant changes to the delivery system of healthcare.  The Legislature opened regulatory structures in an effort to expand competition, with the ultimate goal of lowering costs to the consumer. The issue that got the most attention – the Certificate of Need program for the general […]

Florida Court Green-Lights Invitations to Negotiate for State Contracts

Published: April 22nd, 2019

By: William D. Hall, III

A recent Florida Division of Administrative Hearings decision clarifies the invitation to negotiate (ITN) process and signals that the state has considerable flexibility in how far it can press ITN bidders to offer value-added services in bids. Dean Mead attorney William D. Hall, III, who represented the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) in the case, […]

Florida Medical Marijuana Issues Discussed by Dan Russell in Orlando Business Journal

Published: April 12th, 2019

By: Daniel R. Russell

In two recent Orlando Business Journal articles by Ryan Lynch, Dean Mead government relations attorney Dan Russell provided insight into what Florida’s legalization of medical marijuana could signify for the state. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed Senate Bill 182 into law, legalizing smokable medical marijuana, including whole-flower cannabis. In the first article, “Here’s what […]

Opportunity Zones Take Center Stage at Saunders Lay of the Land Conference

Published: April 2nd, 2019

By: Michael D. Minton Stephen R. Looney

Opportunity Zones – March 28 2019 (O2388011x9F8AD) The Saunders Real Estate “Lay of the Land” Conference took place on March 28 – 29th at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. Dean Mead tax attorneys, Michael Minton and Steve Looney, took the stage this year at a breakout session to speak about Opportunity Zones. Established by […]

Florida Politics Talks Scooters Bill with Christopher Moya

Published: March 22nd, 2019

By: Christopher Moya

A recent Florida Politics article, “Scooter bill coasts through first committee,” focuses on Florida House of Representatives Bill 453 (HB 453) – i.e., the scooters bill. With prevailing opinion of no controversy to HB 453, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee gave it a unanimous vote to continue its progress. In the article, Dean Mead’s […]

Chris Moya and Jennifer Ungru in Orlando Business Journal on 2019 Legislative Session

Published: March 14th, 2019

By: Jennifer P. Ungru Christopher Moya

In a recent Orlando Business Journal article, “Legislative preview: Orlando businesses should keep an eye on these proposals,” Dean Mead government relations professionals Chris Moya, director of strategy and management consulting, and Jennifer Ungru, corporate affairs advisor, provide insight on major bills that have the potential to change policies in industries throughout Florida.  The government […]

Florida DOR Publishes Report on Impacts to Florida Taxpayers due to TCJA

Published: February 15th, 2019

By: H. French Brown, IV

As previously discussed in multiple Dean Mead articles, the 2018 Florida Legislature did not have the time available to fully understand and estimate the impact from the 2017 Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  Therefore, the Legislature directed the Florida Department of Revenue to conduct an analysis of the impacts on Florida taxpayers. You can find […]

Key Legislative Issues on the Forefront in 2019 – Part II

Published: February 4th, 2019

By: H. French Brown, IV Brittany O. Finkbeiner

Key Legislative Issues on the Forefront in 2019 – Part II Election Reform After Florida’s 2018 general election became the subject of national news, state leaders appear poised to address voting laws this session. Under Florida election law, if one candidate has a margin of victory of less than 0.5 percent over the second-place finisher, […]