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Don’t estoppel believing: Now it’s a law

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After years of unsuccessfully fighting its way through the Legislature, the estoppel bill is now law. Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday signed the measure (SB 398), which overhauls the legal process of estoppel letters. It goes into effect July 1. “We are grateful for this compromise that will benefit Florida homeowners, associations, and taxpayers,” said Mark Anderson, Executive Director for Chief Executive Officers of Management Companies (CEOMC). “The Florida House, Senate, and Gov. Scott deserve credit for finally getting this across the finish line.” Estoppel letters, or…

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2016 Legislative Food Fights: Legal, judicial reforms again on lawmakers’ to-do list

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They don’t get as much attention as policy debates that gum up and even fracture legislative sessions (think Medicaid expansion), but a slew of proposed legal-related changes will be before legislators this year – some new, some old standbys. For instance, the Legislature will try to overhaul Florida’s alimony law for at least the third time in recent years. The same sides have aligned against each other: Ex-spouses – largely men – who say “forever alimony” isn’t fair, and their former mates – mostly women…

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Lawmakers vow to “smash the home tax”

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A gaggle of Republican House members gathered outside the Capitol Monday morning to register their opposition to a bill they call the “home tax” – and to smash it in effigy. “Any time you are taking money from homeowners, it’s a tax hike,” said Rep. Dennis Baxley. “We always have to be vigilant because increased costs to homeowners can come coded in other language. It’s still a tax!” The bill in question is HB 203, which would shift the burden when…

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4th Floor Files talks to Mark Anderson about Session life, snacks and ‘Office Space’

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It’s been a while since our last installment of 4th Floor Files, when we spoke with Liberty Partners’ Thomas Hobbs back in April. We welcome you back to our series of Q&As with Tallahassee’s foremost influence professionals with our recent chat with Mark Anderson, a longtime Capitol lobbyist who runs a solo shop on Monroe Street. We caught up with the former Senate aide and proprietor of the Mark W. Anderson firm on Monday. Here’s his file, complete with a shout-out to our own Jim Rosica.…

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Senate committee OKs estoppel bill but concerns still loom large

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The controversy surrounding estoppel letters, how long they are effective and how much they cost, has not stopped in the week since this Legislature considered the bill. The Senate Regulated Industries on Tuesday again considered SB 736, sponsored by state Sen. Kelli Stargel. The bill is supported by the Florida Association of REALTORs and is opposed by Community Association Managers. Estoppel letters are legal documents that list information regarding the current owner’s financial obligations to their homeowner’s associations. The bill…

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