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Jun 16, 2017


Florida Insurance Commissioner Calls For Assignment Of Benefits Changes

Commissioner Altmaier is weighing changes to claims forms—things like narrowing the definition of emergency mitigation or imposing requirements for notifying an Insurer—that he believes could discourage Fraud. Nick Evans reports WFSU.


Florida Governor Signs Controversial Schools Bill Into Law

Governor Rick Scott Signed a Charter-School-Friendly, $419 Million K-12 Public Schools Bill that has incited a groundswell of criticism and opposition Statewide, rejecting arguments from Traditional Public School Advocates.  Kristin M. Clark and Kyra Gurney report for the Miami Herald.


Florida Supreme Court Upholds Property Tax Shield for Public Marinas

Rejecting Arguments by a Private Marina that said it was put at a competitive disadvantage, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday Ruled that City-Owned Marinas are not required to pay Property Taxes.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Saunders reports via the Palm Beach Post.


After Shifting Alliances, Dark Clouds Await in The Next Legislative Session

Negron, Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, have one more Session together before all Three are Term-Limited Out of Office. The lame-duck status of all three doesn’t bode well for the January 2018 Session, and some Legislators’ sense of betrayal sets the bar especially low.  Dan Sweeney reports for the Sun-Sentinel.


Rules Changes Sparked Byron Donalds to Seek Speakership

Byron Donalds started thinking about running for Speaker early on in his Legislative Career.  Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster reports for


Feds Probe Related Group Housing Developments

Federal Authorities probing Abuse and Fraud in Miami-Dade’s troubled Affordable Housing Industry have zeroed in on the largest Real Estate Developer in South Florida.  The Miami Herald reports.


You Need to Make at Least $20 an Hour to Afford a Two-Bedroom in Florida, Says Report

According to a recent Report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, which measured the Average Hourly Wage necessary for a Person to Rent a Two-Bedroom Home, a Florida Resident needs to make over $20 an hour to be able to afford a Two-Bedroom Apartment or Home.  Orlando Weekly reports.


Two Flood Insurance Bills Advance in House

The U.S. House Financial Services Committee advanced a Bill Thursday with a Provision to Foster more Private-Insurer Involvement in the National Flood Insurance Program, although the measure has raised concerns among PCI and other Insurance Groups over potential effects on the Write-Your-Own Program.  Insurance Journal reports via the PCI SmartBrief.


Lawsuit Claims Bank is Responsible for Employee Sending Naked Photo on LinkedIn

Women have long complained of unsavory conduct on LinkedIn, but in the California State Court Complaint (Filed by the Law Firm of Celebrity Lawyer Mark Geragos), Doe argues that an Employer is responsible for Employee Behavior on the Platform.




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