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Legislation Would Make Major Changes to Florida’s Building Code

Now, a coalition of Building Officials and people tied to the Insurance Industry fear HB 1021 could lead to a patchwork of requirements and higher Insurance Costs.  Mike Vasilinda reports for


Florida Families Need Rick Scott to Champion Assignment of Benefits Reform

Sunshine State News Publisher Nancy Smith writes:  “They Passed HB 937/SB 1370, proudly mandating a “Gambling is Addictive” Label on Lottery Tickets, but they couldn’t fix Assignment of Benefits?”


Florida CFO Atwater Submits Formal Resignation, Last Day Will Be June 30

Atwater turned in his Formal Resignation Letter to Governor Rick Scott last week. Atwater announced back in February that he planned to step down from his elected post to take a position at Florida Atlantic University.  Insurance Journal reports.


South Florida Water Management District Takes Preemptive Action against Expected Weekend Deluge

South Florida is due for rain and plenty of it over the next five days, but South Florida Water Management District Staff say they have plans in place to control additional flood water.  Sunshine State News Publisher Nancy Smith reports.


Universal Gets Greenlight for New York Underwriting Operations

The New York State Subsidiary currently functions as one of the leading Writers of Homeowners Insurance in Florida and is Licensed to offer Insurance throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Hawaii, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Michigan, Alabama, Virginia, and New Jersey.  Reinsurance News reports.


Florida Residents Who Lost Citrus Trees Challenge Governor Scott

A Group of Homeowners and their Attorneys asked the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday to undo Scott’s Veto of more than $37 Million.  The Associated Press reports via the Tampa Tribune.


Miami-Dade Backs Paris Climate Agreement that President Trump Rejected

The resolution adds Miami-Dade to a string of Local Governments and Municipal Officials seeking to counter Trump’s Rejection of the Nonbinding Agreement between 195 Countries.  The Miami Herald’s Douglas Hanks reports.


Red-Light Camera Ticket?  What it Will Cost Depends on Where You Got It.

Many people say they learn of the Tickets only when they discover that their Licenses have been Suspended.  The Miami Herald’s Susannah Nesmith reports.


Security Threats on Voting System Loom as Florida’s Elections Officials Gather in Polk County

The First of Two Russian Hack Attempts in Florida last August targeted VR Systems, a 25-year-old Vendor of Voting Equipment Software based in Tallahassee that serves 64 of the State’s 67 Counties and does business in several other States.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet reports.


Polk Commissioners OK Medical-Marijuana Dispensaries in Same Areas as Pharmacies

It’s unclear how many actual Dispensaries will open in Polk County.  Daytona Beach News-Journal’s John Chambliss reports.


U.S. Senate Confirms New FEMA Chief Brock Long

While Climate Advocates panned Trump’s Selections to head the Environmental Protection Agency and Energy Department, they expressed optimism that Long, Alabama’s Former Emergency Manager, would seek to protect Americans from the increased risks of hurricanes, flood and heat waves linked to global warming.  Bloomberg’s Christopher Flavelle reports via Insurance Journal.


Massachusetts Court Says Arbitration is Allowed in Underinsured Motorist Claim Suit

The Massachusetts Appeals Court has ruled that Arbella Mutual Insurance Company did not engage in unfair settlement practices by demanding Arbitration in a Lawsuit involving an Underinsured Motorist Claim.  Elizabeth Blosfield reports for Insurance Journal.


Texas Governor Signs Law Amending Captive Insurer Rules

The Texas Legislature in 2013 first Approved the Licensing of Captive Insurance Companies and Authorized the State Insurance Department to impose Fees and Taxes on those Entities.  Insurance Journal reports.




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