Florida Five: Fla.’s lawsuit climate among nation’s worst, House speakers back Jeb

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

judgeFlorida’s lawsuit climate ranks among nation’s worst – Florida’s lawsuit climate is among the worst in the country, according to a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. The Sunshine State ranked No. 44 out of the 50 states, with Miami-Dade County cited as one of the eight least-fair court jurisdictions nationwide. Read more

Florida House speakers line up in support of Jeb Bush – Let there be no doubt that Florida’s Republican establishment wants Jeb Bush for president. Bush, who amassed a wealth of Tallahassee political capital in his eight years as governor, has nabbed formal endorsements from all but two recent GOP speakers of the Florida House of Representatives, several of whom have already been raising money for the candidate. Read more

Legislature asks court to dismiss Amendment 1 lawsuit – The Florida Legislature has filed a motion asking a trial judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by environmental groups that alleged the House and Senate misappropriated $237 million in Amendment 1 spending in the new state budget. Read more

South Florida Water Management District gets new leader – Another leadership shake up at the South Florida Water Management District puts one of Gov. Rick Scott’s former lieutenants in charge of the agency that guards against flooding and protects water supplies. The district board, appointed by Scott, accepted Executive Director Blake Guillory’s resignation early Thursday and soon after named Scott’s former general counsel, Peter Antonacci, as the agency’s new leader. Read more

Tom Lee will try again to overhaul alimony, custody laws – State Sen. Tom Lee won’t give up on trying to amend Florida law on alimony and child custody. On Thursday, Lee filed a bill (SB 250) to change the way divorces are handled in state courts. This marks at least the third time since 2013 that Lee, a Brandon Republican, has supported such an overhaul bill. It will be considered in the 2016 regular session. Read more

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