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March 10, 2021

The Miami Herald

Josh Aubuchon, representing Florida Ports for Economic Independence, told the Senate committee the proposal is intended to simply overturn an election. “Unlike other local regulations that burden private property, that say you can’t paint your building this color or you can’t do this, you can’t do that with your own private property, these referenda are all about the city-owned port,” Aubuchon said. “So, basically, we’re telling the folks down in Key West, who voted for these referenda, they knew what they were voting on, that while they can elect their representatives there, that they can’t control their own port that they own.”
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March 8, 2021

The Florida Bar

Mark Delegal, representing three companies that insure doctors and some hospitals, said doctors in some practice areas pay several times the insurance premiums as those in other states and the bill would worsen that. “The balance you’re going to have to decide today is can we compensate every single person in every single circumstance who has sadness,” he said. “There’s been an assertion here this won’t cause rates to increase. No one has presented data on that.”
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March 3, 2021

WLRN

Josh Aubuchon, representing the recently formed group Florida Ports for Economic Independence, said Key West voters decided to change the business model of the port to protect their waters and keep the character of the island “unique, cool and funky.” “In four years, the image of the Keys as a destination has been in decline,” Aubuchon said. “In 2019, Fodor's travel magazine put the Keys on the no-do list, warning tourists to avoid the area because of overcrowding, the deterioration of the coral reef, and if you've ever gone out there snorkeling and seeing the coral reefs, it's pretty breathtaking. And all these conditions are being made worse by the large cruise ships.”
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February 10, 2021

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Mark Delegal, a lobbyist who represents The Doctors Company, MAGMutual Insurance Co. and ProAssurance Corp., opposed Polsky’s amendment. But Delegal conceded that the part of the bill targeted in Polsky’s amendment wasn’t clear. “This language is subject to maybe some lack of clarity, and maybe it could be improved,” Delegal said,adding he didn’t think itl offered blanket immunity and that cases could still be brought against providers.
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March 10, 2020

The Florida Times-Union

Echoing Daniels, other lawmakers and the lawyers who worked on his case praised the elderly man for maintaining a positive attitude despite conditions that might have prompted a different response in others. Delegal said Williams “taught me a lot about his grace and thankfulness” throughout the process. “It’s been a blessing to get to know this guy,” Delegal said.
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February 18, 2020

Florida Politics

Delegal hasn’t been touting his role in the process, but his colleagues in the Tallahassee lobbying corps won’t let him escape without at least a share of the credit. Capital City Consulting lobbyist Ashley Kalifeh lauded Delegal “for his tireless (and pro bono) representation of Clifford Williams in the quest for justice. Most people in the process already knew he was a good guy, but lest there be any doubt.”
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February 9, 2020

Orlando Sentinel

“The real crux of what our legislative agenda looks like is quite aggressive,” Aubuchon said of the DiCeglie bill. “It’s more aggressive than what some other states have done in the past because we want to be more free market and lessen regulation for our breweries.”
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January 9, 2020

Florida Politics

Delegal thinks PIP is the single most complicated issue in Tallahassee. But he expects the Senate to give the bills a serious look. For his part, Delegal has some clients who want to keep it, and others who want reforms. All of his clients think the state can do better, he said, but the perfect solution is yet to be seen.
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December 20, 2019

Florida Record

"Physicians of our state and hospitals ought to be optimistic about the future jurisprudence in the area of medical professional liability insurance,” Delegal told the Record. The decision indicates that future court decisions will better respect the will of the state legislature on medical liability abuses, he said. This week’s decision’s effect, however, will be relatively limited because it deals strictly with the remedy of arbitration, in which the defendant admits liability and offers to enter into negotiations over damages, according to Delegal.
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April 10, 2019

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Mark Delegal, a lobbyist for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, told senators Tuesday that they can lower prescription drug costs in other ways, including cracking down on pharmacy benefit managers that, he said, don’t pass along savings and rebates to consumers.
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April 10, 2019

The Center Square | Florida

PhRMA representative Mark Delegal said prescription drug prices can be lowered by more closely scrutinizing pharmacy benefit managers [PBMs] that don’t pass along savings and rebates to consumers. “People are watching you,” Delegal said.  “Counterfeiters are watching you. The public is watching you. And when you give a green light to this Canadian system, it’s going to change public conduct. They are going to go out and start saying, “Hey, this has been green-lighted.’ And all the counterfeiters will pop up and begin to make their products available.”
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April 4, 2019

Florida Politics

Josh Aubuchon: “This is about adapting a badly aging system created in 1935 to a brave new world — a world that now includes over 260 craft breweries in Florida with an economic impact of more than $3.5 billion.”
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March 27, 2019

Tampa Bay Times

Another opponent, insurance lobbyist Mark Delegal, said life-insurance policies are based on the free and open exchange of information. As a result of that information, insurers have “one bite at the apple to estimate the risk of 30 to 40 years in the future,” Delegal said.’
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December 16, 2018

Palm Beach Post

Mark Delegal: “The best course of action is to stem the tide of litigation with steady and appropriate legislation. We need to make it more difficult to file such meritless third-party bad-faith lawsuits. This is not to say we make it impossible for people to seek proper damages when they are wronged, but rather, take heed of the IRC report’s warnings and make sure there is no longer an incentive to pursue vague, meritless claims.”
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July 30, 2018

Brewbound

“Our fear is this is too easy; they’re going to come back and push something more egregious that would hurt us,” he (Aubuchon) said. “So we’re going to keep up the fight.”

January 12, 2018

Palm Beach Post

It amounts to “PIP version 2.0” and preserves a “costly and inefficient” system, said Mark Delegal, a lobbyist representing State Farm, at Wednesday’s hearing.’
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February 28, 2017

Forbes

“They’re no longer thinking of it as a Berliner weiss they’re thinking of it as a Florida weiss,” he (Aubuchon) says.
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February 28, 2015

Tampa Bay Times

"The pieces in Jack (Latvala's) bill are a really good compromise," said Josh Aubuchon, executive director of the Florida Brewers Guild, the primary advocate for craft breweries. "I don't think anybody can say they got shortchanged."
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January 5, 2015

Florida Times-Union

Florida has grown from a state with six craft breweries in 2007 to nearly 90 now. Most start-up breweries need the profit from tasting rooms in order to grow. “Without the tasting rooms, you’d see a majority of these breweries go out of business,” said Josh Aubuchon, a lobbyist for the Florida Brewers Guild. “When you first get started and you’re making 500 barrels a year, the tasting room is your lifeblood. That’s how you stay afloat.”
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October 10, 2014

Law 360

Mark Delegal said, “This is critically important to create a level playing field in the defense of health care providers accused of malpractice." Mr. Delegal worked for 20 years on getting the law passed to allow hospitals and doctors who are defendants in medical malpractice suits equal access to medical fact witnesses.

August 28, 2014

The Huffington Post

Mark Delegal of Holland & Knight in Tallahassee is consistently ranked among the top lobbyists in the state but never rests on his laurels.

April 10, 2014

WFSU

"It's already one of the most heavily regulated industries of the country. Any kind of deregulation and opening of the market can only be beneficial to the consumer," said Alcohol Beverage Attorney Josh Aubuchon.

February 1, 2014

Orlando Sentinel

"This is about competing industries," Alcohol Beverage Attorney Josh Aubuchon, general counsel to the craft brewers in the Florida Brewers Guild, said. "And there's extremely powerful lobbying."

January 2014

Florida Trend

"We believe that a rising tide lifts all boats and that our legislation would have a very positive impact for all tiers in the beer industry," Aubuchon said.
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