Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, April 10, 2015

Apr 10, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Uber Debate Hits Pothole:  Rogue Drivers

Legislation to set Florida’s rules of the road for ride services like Uber is not driving to consensus quite yet.  The House and Senate don’t see eye to eye on required insurance coverage amounts, and there’s this wrinkle:  What one lawmaker calls rogue drivers.  The Palm Beach Post’s Charles Elmore reports for the “Post on Politics” blog.


Florida House amends direct primary care bill to (almost) mirror new Senate healthcare train

The Florida House and Senate could be moving closer to agreement on a healthcare bill about direct primary care.  Christine Jordan Sexton reports for


Bill to allow people to carry concealed weapons during emergencies going to governor

Legislation that would allow Floridians to carry concealed weapons without a permit during certain emergency situations passed in the Florida House today, and will soon go to Governor Rick Scott’s desk for him to sign.  Mitch Perry reports for


Tom Lee Plans Session Landing

Senate Appropriations Chairman Tom Lee said Thursday night that he is beginning to make plans on how to bring the 2015 Session in for a landing if they cannot solve the budget impasse between the House and Senate spending plans.  Christine Jordan Sexton reports for


House passes tax-cut package, uncertain in Senate

Although the Florida House overwhelmingly passed a $690 million tax-cut package Thursday, it still faces an uncertain future in the Senate,’s James Call reports.


Sober homes certification bill passes House

In what might be the culmination of a years-long effort to pass legislation to regulate the growing cottage industry of private halfway houses for addicts known as “sober homes,” State Representative Bill Hager has successfully shepherded his HB 21 toward passage in the House by a vote of 113-2.’s Ryan Ray reports.


Florida House approves religious exemption to block gay adoptions

After voting two weeks ago to strike Florida’s ban on adoptions by homosexual couples, the House approved a separate bill Thursday allowing private adoption agencies with state contracts to reject gay couples if they have a religious or moral objection.  The Orlando Sentinel’s Gray Rohrer reports via the “Central Florida Political Pulse” blog.


42 charged in South Florida ID theft “epidemic,” officials say

South Florida identity thieves are still using stolen identities to file fraudulent federal income tax returns and obtain lines of credit, but they’re also getting more creative, federal and state authorities said Thursday.  Paula McMahon reports for the Sun-Sentinel.


Massachusetts Governor Baker to Appoint Judson as Next Insurance Commissioner

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker plans to appoint Daniel Judson, the current president of Commonwealth Automobile Reinsurers, the state’s industry-operated residual market and statistical agent for auto insurance, as the next commissioner of insurance, Insurance Journal reports.


New York Financial Services Department Finds Potential Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities With Banks’ Vendors

The New York State Department of Financial Services issued a report Thursday that found significant potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities with banks’ third-party vendors, Insurance Journal reports.


Bill Cutting Taxes For Insurance Companies Signed by Arizona Governor

Arizona is set to reduce taxes for insurance companies under a new bill Governor Doug Ducey signed into law.  The Associated Press’ Ryan Van Velzer reports via Insurance Journal.






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