LMA Newsletter

LMA NEWSLETTER AUGUST 7, 2017

Of Technology and Road Trips

Since 2000, my smartphone of choice was the Blackberry.  I was one of the first to use one in the fortune 500 companies I worked for and then when I returned to state government in the insurance regulatory arena, I was one of the first in the state agencies to have the device so I …

LMA NEWSLETTER JULY 24, 2017

Dog Days of Summer

We are in the middle of the dog days of summer!  For those of you who live in milder climates, we thought we would share with you what that means.  A fun factoid:  The ancient Romans called the hottest, most humid days of summer “diēs caniculārēs” or “dog days.”  The name came about because they associated …

LMA NEWSLETTER JULY 10, 2017

Where Are All the Good Women?

We have the privilege of having our clients come to Tallahassee and spend a day or two planning, plotting, praying, preparing, presenting, and the list goes on.  And every time we have the privilege of spending quality time with our clients, we all walk away the better for it.  On a recent visit, one …

LMA NEWSLETTER JUNE 26, 2017

Is Customer Service an Oxymoron?

We often receive feedback and letters from our readers on a variety of topics and one that caught our eye this week is worth sharing.  Here’s what it said:  “While in a large retail store recently, I came across an example of what seems to be a trend in customer service…where the team member employed …

LMA NEWSLETTER JUNE 12, 2017

The Summer Bug

It’s the summer – maybe not officially according to the June 21 calendar start, but judging by the outdoor thermometer temperatures and volume (and size of) mosquitoes, yes, it’s summer!  Florida’s elected leaders are sounding the alarm bell about the mosquito-born Zika virus and you may be wondering, why do some people get bitten more than others?  …

LMA NEWSLETTER MAY 30, 2017

Memorial Day in Action

Yesterday, May 29th was Memorial Day, our nation’s commemoration of the sacrifices made by those whose lives were lost for the freedoms we hold sacred.  Whether our veterans survived their military service, or were killed on the field of battle, our country owes each of them, and their families, a debt of gratitude.

As we look …

LMA NEWSLETTER MAY 15, 2017

Will They Be Baaack? The Session’s “Terminator” Issues

Will there be a special session to prevent smokeable medical marijuana from becoming the (Florida Department of Health) rule of the land? And will a special session answer the question of how many dispensaries Florida should have, i.e. one on every corner or a limited number?  These are the two critical issues …

LMA NEWSLETTER MAY 8, 2017

Legislative Roller Coaster

Because so many of you have been following the legislative session with LMA, you know this last week has been a roller coaster.  We reported a couple of weeks ago that the House Appropriations Committee met and passed a “continuation budget” which has never occurred in recent legislative history and proved to be a strategic maneuver by …

LMA NEWSLETTER MAY 1, 2017

Budget Impasse Clears

Last week, the House and Senate’s work on the single, most important constitutionally mandated task – passage of the budget – stalled.  The meltdown started a few weeks ago when the House released its version of their budget and the Senate did too – the “only” difference between the two was about $4 BILLION (capitals intended).  As …

LMA NEWSLETTER APRIL 24, 2017

What’s the Point?     Often times at this juncture in the legislative session (we have two weeks left and have been in session for seven weeks), you will hear those in the Capitol hallways say, “what’s the point of being here when we just aren’t able to get legislators to LISTEN?”  There’s a reason for this sentiment and it’s because in…