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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 10

Congress Back in Washington: This marks the last week that both the House and Senate will be in Washington at the same time for the month of June. Senators return to take up regular business, and House lawmakers have several votes scheduled in both regular order and expedited procedures. Moving through regular order is a […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 3

Summer Session Begins Lawmakers return to D.C. this week following its Memorial Day recess to kick off its summer appropriations agenda ahead of the September 30th government shutdown deadline. It is expected to be a quick working week as several Members will be travelling to Normandy, France ahead of the 80th anniversary of D-Day this […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 20

Memorial Day Push Congress returns to Washington this week to tackle its legislative agenda before breaking for its week-long Memorial Day recess. In the Senate, Members are slated to vote on judicial nominees. It’s also been reported that Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is set to revive the stalled bipartisan immigration bill authored by Sens. […]

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Government Issues Scam Alert for Corporate Transparency Act

The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, also known as FinCEN, recently issued an alert warning individuals and businesses that scammers are using the Corporate Transparency Act to fraudulently solicit information from individuals and businesses who may be subject to reporting requirements under the Corporate Transparency Act. These fraudulent scams may include: Correspondence requesting […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 13

The House Stays Open The House of Representatives is still open for business this week after Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) easily survived a motion to vacate brought by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) last week, thanks to a bipartisan vote to kill the measure. This week, Members return to Washington to pass a long-awaited bill […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 6

To Vacate or Not to Vacate? Congress returns to Washington in what could be House Speaker Mike Johnson’s (R-LA) final week as leader of the Chamber. That’s because Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is set to proceed with a motion to vacate this week to strip Speaker Johnson of the gavel over long-standing policy disagreements. […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of April 29

Congress Returns from Recess Congress returns to DC from its recess this week after passing a long-awaited foreign aid bill for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, which would also effectively ban the social media app TikTok. House lawmakers return to a packed legislative agenda with 17 bills to be taken up on expedited procedures, including those […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of April 15

Congress Revamps Agenda The House returns to Washington with an entirely new agenda this week in response to Iran’s missile attack on Israel over the weekend. Instead of taking up legislation regarding appliance efficiency standards, lawmakers will shift to a series of financial-themed bills targeting Iran, including prohibitions of certain financial transactions, sanctions of foreign […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of April 8

Congress Returns The House and Senate return to Washington for the first time in two weeks following lawmakers’ Spring recess. Members left just before passing a full FY24 appropriations package, thus closing out a drawn-out government funding battle to avert a shutdown through the end of September. Senators are set to consider judicial nominations this […]

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A Message From Becker’s Miami Office

There are several significant changes occurring at both the state and county levels that we want to ensure you are aware of, particularly regarding Community Association Law. Keeping abreast of these developments is crucial for staying compliant and informed when managing a condominium or homeowners’ association. Among these changes are: 1) NEW: MIAMI-DADE COUNTY FEBRUARY […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 18

Another Shutdown Showdown Lawmakers return to Washington this week ahead of another potential government shutdown on Friday for roughly three-quarters of the federal government. The deadline is the second out of the two-tiered government funding stopgap Congress passed in recent weeks, splitting funding deadlines into two dates for different portions of the federal government. Congress […]

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Becker’s State Lobbying Update: Week 9

Becker’s End of Session Spotlight Welcome to Becker’s End of Session Spotlight! As your trusted lobbyists we are proud to provide you with the latest developments in politics and policy in Tallahassee. As the 2024 Legislative Session comes to a close, here is what happened in Tallahassee during Week 9 (March 4 – March 8). Headliners […]

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CALL ALERT: Session Ends With Many Changes for All Associations

The 2024 Florida Legislative Session ended last Friday, March 8th, and it was one of the busiest sessions in memory in terms of producing new community association legislation. The following are just a few of the bills which passed which we will be covering in our upcoming comprehensive Legislative Guidebook. Please remember that these bills […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 11

Government Still Open The House and Senate return to a fully-open Washington, D.C. after lawmakers passed a final appropriations bill fully funding departments set to shut down last Friday – including the Departments of Transportation, Justice, and Commerce – thus ending a drawn-out appropriations process that kicked off this time last year. Members have one […]

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Becker’s State Lobbying Update: Week 8, February 26 – March 1, 2024

50th Day Rule and Budget Conferences Tuesday, February 26, marked the 50th day of the 2024 Legislative Session.  With 1,954 bills filed, 30 bills have passed and are awaiting presentation to the Governor.  Currently, two bills have been presented to the Governor and six total bills have been signed into law.  Tuesday, February 26, also […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 4

Shutdown Averted(?) Lawmakers from both Chambers return to Washington this week after passing another extension of short-term “laddered” government funding to March 8th and 22nd, all before reaching a final agreement on FY24 appropriations for those bills falling under the new March 8th deadline. Over the weekend, Members released the text of a partial appropriations […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 26

Shutdown Showdown House and Senate lawmakers return to Washington this week, cutting short their President’s Day recess in an attempt to pass a full appropriations bill ahead of a partial government shutdown this Friday (and a full shutdown next Friday).  The leadership of both parties will meet with President Joe Biden this week at the […]

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Becker’s State Lobbying Update: Week 7, February 19 – February 23, 2024

“Where Are We in the Process?” As the legislative session approaches its conclusion, it’s a critical time for many bills that are still in the pipeline. The 50th Day, a significant milestone in the legislative calendar, is on Tuesday, February 27th. This day marks a period when the focus sharpens on advancing bills through the […]

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Becker’s State Lobbying Update: Week 6, February 12 – February 16, 2024

40-Day Count Down We have now completed 40 days of the 60-day 2024 Legislative Session. The focus is now shifting to bills being heard on the floor as opposed to committee meetings. For those bills that have been assigned to committees but have not been heard, the likelihood of them passing this session is minimal. […]

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Becker’s State Lobbying Update: Week 5, February 5 – February 9, 2024

Halfway Mark The legislative session reached its “halfway” mark, Day 30, on Wednesday, February 7th.  Legislators are now heading into the second half of the 2024 session with both chambers having passed only 12 bills thus far.  Many of those bills are technical statutory revision bills required each year to make updates and delete provisions […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 12

Congress Back in Town The House and Senate return to Washington this week with a packed legislative agenda before leaving town for their Presidents Day week-long recess. The majority of House bills set for the week will be taken up on expedited procedures and deal with international issues, including human rights abuses in China, Indo-Pacific […]

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CALL ALERT: Strike-All Amendment to HB 1021

Representative Lopez’s HB 1021 just passed the Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee with a strike-all amendment without objection and will be heard next in the State Administration & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee. The Senate counterpart to this bill, Senator Bradley’s SB 1178, does not currently match up.

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Becker’s State Lobbying Update: Week 4, January 29 – February 2, 2024

Budget HB 5001- General Appropriations Act by House Appropriations Committee and Chair Leek SB 2500- Appropriations by Senate Appropriations Committee The budgets proposed by the House and Senate were heard in the Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, January 31. Lawmakers discussed the spending plan for the upcoming year with the House proposing a spending package of […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 5

Congress Debates the Border Lawmakers from both Chambers return to Washington this week after Senate negotiators released the text of a long-awaited national security proposal over the weekend providing $118.3 billion in both aid to Ukraine and changes in immigration policy. The proposal would provide $60 million for Ukraine as well as make several changes […]

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Becker’s State Lobbying Update: Week 3, January 22 – January 26, 2024

Healthcare SB 248 – Medical Negligence by Senator Yarborough SB 248 by Senator Yarborough proposes changes to the Florida Wrongful Death Act. The act currently allows families to seek compensation for non-economic damages if the Department of Health (DOH) or the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) concludes that a facility or practitioner violated the […]

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