New Law in Florida to Affect Mandatory Employee Trainings

On March 10, 2022, the Florida Senate passed HB 7, otherwise known as the “Stop WOKE Act.” Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to sign the bill into law. If enacted, effective July 1, 2022, the law will amend the Florida Civil Rights Act (“FCRA”) to include a prohibition on mandatory employee trainings regarding certain topics […]

When “Enhancement” Imposes Great Burdens: The SEC Proposes Extensive Climate Change Disclosure Requirements

On March 21, 2022, in one of the most widely anticipated rulemakings in memory, the SEC proposed extensive new requirements relating to climate change.  The proposals, announced in a press release titled “SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance and Standardize Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors,” began generating controversy well before they were published, and there is already […]

2022 Regular Session Concluded with Vote on Budget

The Legislature returned to Tallahassee today to complete their work for the 2022 Regular Session. Legislators needed additional time to agree to the state budget, so they extended the Session until today for the purpose of voting on the budget, implementing bill, conforming bills, and tax package. The budget legislators agreed to was $112 billion, […]

Session 2022 Update: Week Nine

The 2022 Session was supposed to conclude sine die today, but work on the state budget was not completed Tuesday. The budget needed to be “on the desk” Tuesday for the required 72-hour cooling off period to pass for a vote on the budget Friday. The House and Senate ultimately agreed to a $112 billion […]

SEC Proposes New Cybersecurity Disclosure Requirements for Public Companies

On March 9, 2022, the SEC proposed new disclosure requirements for public companies relating to cybersecurity risk management, strategy, governance, and incident reporting. While acknowledging that “[a] lot of issuers already provide cybersecurity disclosures to investors,” SEC Chair Gary Gensler stated that “companies and investors alike would benefit if this information were required in a […]

EPA Announces Change to Review of Pesticide Applications

Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (“FIFRA”), only pesticides with a license from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), known as a registration, can be distributed and sold.  For years, the lack of a review for such registrations under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) has resulted in significant legal challenges to approval of […]

Session 2022 Update: Week Eight

The Legislature began budget conferencing during the eighth week of the regular Session. Allocations for each major segment of the budget were released Monday evening and Conference Committees were created with members from both the House and the Senate. Conference meetings started Tuesday and progressed through the week. By Thursday evening, unresolved budget issues were […]

Cyber Incident Reporting Requirements Applicable to Financial Institutions and their Service Providers to Take Effect this Spring

Late last year, federal financial institution regulators finalized new security incident notification requirements for the financial institutions they regulate and their service providers (“New Rules”). The New Rules take effect soon, with an effective date of April 1 of this year and mandated compliance starting on May 1. What is new? The New Rules expand […]

Session 2022 Update: Week Seven

The Florida Legislature completed the seventh week of the Regular Session today. There are 14 days left in the Session. The Legislature is expected to begin budget conferencing next week once allocations are released. Executive Updates  Governor DeSantis signed nine bills into law Thursday, including a bill (SB 7014) to extend protections from COVID-19 liability […]

Florida Legislature Proposes New Amendments For Text Messaging And Marketing Phone Calls

In July 2021, telemarketing law was turned on its head by the Florida Legislature’s revised Florida Telephone Solicitation Act (FTSA), which created new and burdensome restrictions for businesses telemarketing to Florida consumers.  The FTSA prohibits placing telemarketing calls or sending marketing text messages using “an automated system for the selection or dialing of telephone numbers […]


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