Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, April 25
Apr 25, 2014
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There are no events scheduled for today.
Legislation aimed at further reducing state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp.’s exposure was prepped in the Senate on Thursday, but an attempt to insert a mandatory sinkhole repair program was rebuffed, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.
- Legislators want to shed Citizens policies by steering to unregulated carriers
- House proceeds with bill on human trafficking of Cuban baseball players
“Along the Florida coast, there are places with nine to 10 inches of sea-level rise already,” U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., told reporters before he joined Florida Democrats U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown on a boat tour of the Jacksonville’s waterfront. The Florida Times-Union’s Steve Patterson reports.
The Florida Senate approved a measure Thursday that could increase the posted speed to 75 mph on certain stretches of state roads, where motorists would be allowed to push the lead to 80 mph with little fear of getting a ticket, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via SunshineStateNews.com.
Tax Collector Mike Fasano has fired a printing contractor that mistakenly sent out nearly 2,000 auto vehicle registrations to New Port Richey residents with the wrong personal information on them, Laura Kinsler reports for the Tampa Tribune.
Telemedicine was the top issue brought up during Thursday House floor discussion of an omnibus medical bill that will be up for a Friday vote, The Florida Current’s Arek Sarkissian reports.
The House spent nearly two hours debating legislation which would place newly hired employees in an investment plan starting in July 2015. The House could vote on the proposal today. Its fate is unclear in the Senate, explains Bill Cotterell for The Florida Current.
House and Senate budget negotiators opted not to meet publicly Thursday night, likely pushing comprehensive talks over the remaining differences in the two chambers’ 2014-2015 fiscal year spending plans into the weekend, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.
A plan by the House to regulate the growing sober home industry in Florida passed Thursday afternoon with a nearly unanimous vote, The Florida Current’s Arek Sarkissian reports.
Lakeland officials are concerned over proposed legislation endangering funding for Florida baseball stadiums and its potential impact on the Detroit Tiger spring training facility, SaintPetersBlog.com’s Phil Ammann reports.
As for re-election efforts, Lizbeth Benacquisto – a staunch Ronald Reagan conservative – remains an extremely popular figure in her home base of Lee County. Although she was not successful on Tuesday, the CD 19 race may prove useful in her attempt to return to the Senate, SaintPetersBlog.com’s Phil Ammann reports.
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