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Florida Governmental Countdown - A Wrap-Up on Issues from the 2014 Legislative Session

With elections looming in November, avoiding controversy appeared to be the goal during Florida’s 2014 Legislative Session. Lawmakers deliberated on issues with an eye toward the November elections when Republican Governor Rick Scott, all Cabinet Officers, the entire House of Representatives, and half of the state’s Senate seats will be on the ballot. The bitter debate marking prior years was quieted early on – with the majority party hoping to provide a stable footing for the Governor’s re-election bid. However, the last weeks of Session brought on a resurgence of the customary logjam between chambers as lawmakers sought closure on issues.

At Session’s outset, a recovering economy and an approximate $1.2 billion budget surplus brought Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) together with the Governor in an early decision to pass $500 million in tax cuts – a chief component being the rollback of vehicle registration fees enacted in 2009. Legislative leaders based their tax-cut decisions on the premise that now was the time to put money back in the hands of working Floridians.

Click here to view the May issue of the Florida Governmental Countdown – A Wrap-Up on Issues from the 2014 Legislative Session

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Fred Baggett, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Tallahassee, Policy Healthcare Environmental Law Attorney

Fred W. Baggett is a senior member of the firm's National Government Law & Policy Practice. For the past 30 years, Fred has represented a broad range of the general business community, associations and governmental entities before federal, state and local agencies, and legislative bodies. A significant portion of his practice focuses on matters relating to health care, insurance, environment regulation, banking and finance, and business and professional regulation. Fred's practice also includes policy development and advocacy as well as administrative...

Augustin Corbella, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Tallahassee, Media and Entertainment, Insurance Attorney
Senior Director

Agustin G. Corbella is an attorney in the Government Law & Policy Practice of the firm's Tallahassee office. He joined the firm with a formidable background in state and federal government, as well as state and national campaigns. Prior to joining the firm, Gus served as Chief of Staff to the Florida Senate President, staff director for the Majority Offices of both the Florida Senate and House of Representatives, and worked for a Member of the United States Congress. His role as chief advisor to government's most prominent leaders has provided Gus with a broad knowledge of the process and issues before the Florida Legislature and state and federal government.

Gus specializes his practice in the areas of legislative and executive branch lobbying and public policy advocacy, transportation and infrastructure, health care, telecommunications, gaming, insurance, appropriations and entertainment. He is an active member of numerous national and state political, professional and charitable organizations.

Hayden Dempsey, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Tallahassee, Government Policy and Insurance Attorney

Hayden R. Dempsey is the Chair of the firm's Government Law & Policy Practice for the state of Florida. He focuses his practice in the areas of lobbying and public policy advocacy, procurement, health care, transportation and infrastructure, and election law.

Hayden has extensive government experience, having served in four governors’ administrations. Hayden served as Special Counsel to Gov. Rick Scott, where he oversaw the Legislative Affairs Office and advised the Governor and his staff on legislative and public policy matters. He also...

Leslie Dughi, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Tallahassee, Government Policy and Insurance Law Attorney

Leslie Y. Dughi's state lobbying and advocacy practice spans more than 20 years and includes all areas of the executive and legislative branches of government. From her representations, Leslie has gained in-depth knowledge on the inner workings of Florida government. In addition to her lobbying experience, Leslie has considerable experience in political communications, serving as the Political Director for Associated Industries, Florida’s largest statewide business association. Throughout her career she has coordinated numerous grassroots advocacy campaigns for business...