Welcome to the Workers' Compensation Section Home Page. Your Executive Council has created this site in an effort to encourage and facilitate communication and exchange of ideas among the members of our Section. Enjoy!
The purpose of the Workers' Compensation Section is to provide an organization within The Florida Bar open to all members in good standing who have a common interest in workers' compensation law. The Section provides a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas leading to the improvement of individual trial abilities in workers' compensation cases.
Send mail with questions or comments about this web site to:
Martin L. Leibowitz, Esquire
Past Workers' Compensation Section Chair
Post Office Box 47530
Jacksonville, FL 32247-7530
As chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of The Florida Bar, I hereby advise all section members that an at – large seat on the Section’s Executive Council has become vacant. This seat, which runs through July, 2017, was previously held by Allison Hunnicutt of Jacksonville. In light of the fact that Ms. Hunnicutt was a defense attorney, the vacancy created by her departure from the Council must be filled by another defense attorney. Consequently, only attorneys whose primary practice focuses on the representation of employers and carriers in the context of Florida workers’ compensation claims should apply to fill this vacancy. However, since the seat is an at – large seat, it need not be filled by an individual who practices in a county within the First Appellate District. It is open to interested defense attorneys from any part of Florida.
Please be advised that individuals interested in applying to fill this vacancy should provide a written request for consideration to the following e-mail addresses:
The deadline for interested individuals to submit a written request for consideration is Wednesday, February 28, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
On behalf of the entire Executive Council, I look forward to receiving requests for consideration from all interested individuals.
Christopher J. Smith
The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 11-2 Thursday to kill a bill that would have repealed Florida's "stand your ground" self-defense law.
"Today our state is a safer place and has a lower crime rate than in 42 years," state Rep. Marti Coley, R-Marianna, said at the start of a five-hour committee hearing. "Our citizens have a right to stand their ground and do not have a duty to retreat."
The 2005 statute provides that law-abiding citizens may use any level of force, including gunfire, when they think their lives are in danger. It was a major factor in the acquittal of George Zimmerman in August for the fatal shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford.
A group of mostly black, college-age protestors calling themselves "Dream Defenders" occupied the governor's office lobby and surrounding area on Capitol's first floor for 31 days after the verdict. They demanded a special legislative session be called to amend stand your ground and make other changes in state policies they considered discriminatory. They didn't get a special session, but House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, agreed to a hearing by the criminal-justice panel, which took the unusual step of killing a bill long before the 2014 legislative session.
Usually, bills the leadership doesn't like are allowed to die quietly, never getting a hearing in committee or on the House or Senate floors.
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Bondi, Gaetz, Weatherford go to court to block marijuana initiative
James Call, 11/08/2013 - 05:15 PM
Florida Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, Friday filed briefs with the Florida Supreme Court to block a proposed medical marijuana initiative from the 2014 ballot.
The two agree with Attorney General Pam Bondi, who last month filed an advisory opinion with the court stating that the proposed ballot language would mislead voters about its scope in permitting the use of cannabis.
On Friday Bondi also filed a brief in support of her earlier request.
Lawyers for Gaetz and Weatherford charge that the constitutional amendment’s writer engaged in “trademark characteristics” of “wordsmithing” -- advantageous but misleading use of language -- with the terms “certain” and “debilitating diseases.” They argued that the amendment’s ballot title and summary violates Florida’s ballot-placement laws in at least three ways:
There’s a bi-partisan push to increase the state’s speed limit from 70 to 75 miles per hour. Sens. Jeff Brandes, R- St. Petersburg, and Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, Tuesday proposed the increase. The last time Florida increased the maximum speed limit was in 1996 when it was set at 70.
“It is time for Florida to review this statute,” said Brandes, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. “This legislation allows traffic engineers to make the decision to raise the speed limit on a road if they believe it is safe and advisable to do so.”
The current law sets a 70 mph limit on interstates, 65 for highways with a divided median and 60 miles per hour for other roadways managed by the state Department of Transportation.
“Allowing professionals to determine safe speeds based on the engineering standards of individual highways is simply common sense,” said Clemens. “A five mile per hour increase is unlikely to have an impact on road safety, but we’ll let the experts do their job.”
The highest speed limits in the nation are currently in Texas, which allows up to 85 miles per hour, and Utah’s 80 mile per hour limit.