Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Friday, April 14, 2017
Apr 14, 2017
Efforts to put the brakes on Florida’s No-Fault Auto Insurance System are moving in the House and Senate. THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via Orlando Weekly.
The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday unanimously approved a Bill that would revise Workers’ Compensation Insurance Laws, but key differences remain with the House. THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via Health News Florida.
Florida gets the Nation’s worst grade after Louisiana for phone use while driving in a new study. The Palm Beach Post’s Charles Elmore reports.
Clearwater Beach Condominium Owners are facing off with their Homeowner’s Association over Short-Term Rentals, with accusations against five Owners of using deception to dodge a 14-day Minimum-Lease Rule. SaintPetersBlog.com reports.
A divided House on Thursday voted 74-41 for a measure that would place newly hired Public Employees in an Investment 401(k) styled-plan if they fail to make a choice within six months of starting their jobs. Currently those Employees are placed in a Traditional Pension Plan. The Associated Press reports via the Tampa Tribune.
The Florida Supreme Court says the State can Ttax Cable TV and Satellite TV at different Rates. The Florida Supreme Court says the State can Tax Cable TV and Satellite TV at different Rates. The Associated Press reports via the Tampa Tribune.
For the last two years, State Representative David Richardson has been on a One-Man Crusade to inspect the State’s Trouble Prison System. The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports via “The Buzz” blog.
A sparse crowd weighed in Wednesday evening on how Florida’s Constitution should be changed, or preserved, depending on the point of view, during a meeting of the Constitution Revision Commission practically in the shadows of the Capitol. THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Dara Kam reports via the Palm Beach Post.
Aside from the wide gap in dollars, the Chambers are at odds over Property Taxes, Education Programs, Hospital Funding, State Workers’ Salaries, Environmental Projects and Economic Development Agencies — all with just a little more three weeks to go in the Session.
Florida’s Voters overwhelmingly approved a Constitutional Amendment in November that formally Legalized Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain and other Ailments. Joe Reedy reports for FloridaPolitics.com.
The State Agency that issued $1.75 Billion of Bonds for All Aboard Florida is facing pressure to be more transparent about its role in the railroad’s Reworked Financing Plan. Lisa Broadt reports for TCPalm.com.
A Bill clarifying that Homeowners need not wait to be attacked inside their dwellings before resorting to defensive force passed the Senate Thursday. FloridaPolitics.com’s Michael Moline reports.
The Senate met the two-thirds requirement Thursday to send Governor Rick Scott a Bill creating a Public-Records Exemption for information that could identify Murder Witnesses. Michael Moline reports for SaintPetersBlog.com.
Bobby B. DuBose, D-Fort Lauderdale, formally Filed his intention Wednesday to run for Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, or party Majority Leader, for the 2020-2022 Term. SunshineStateNews.com Publisher Nancy Smith reports.
A Letter signed by 11 Florida Lawmakers calls the decision “Disappointing and potentially very harmful to the survival of the Iconic Florida Animal.” Zac Anderson reports for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Texas Insurance Commissioner David Mattax has died at Age 60 after a fight with Cancer, Gov. Greg Abbott said. Mattax was selected to lead the Texas Department of Insurance in 2015 after 23 years with the State Attorney General’s Office.
President Trump’s threats to withhold the Cost-Sharing Assistance create fear among Consumers and instability in the Health Insurance Market. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said.
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