Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, April 25

Apr 25, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Senate readies bill to shrink Citizens but sinkhole attempt stuffed

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.


Rising tide could swamp First Coast, Florida, members of Congress say

“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.


Florida Senate Speedily Approves Faster Highways Bill

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


Fasano nixes printing company that mixed up personal info on tag renewal notices

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.


Omnibus medical bill set for House vote

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.


Lawmakers poised to change state pension

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.


Budget talks slow down as negotiators wrangle over remaining issues

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.


Sober home certification bill heads to the Senate

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.


Stadium funding issue could be derailed by Gaetz-Diaz amendment

Lakeland officials are concerned over proposed legislation endangering funding for Florida baseball stadiums and its potential impact on the Detroit Tiger spring training facility,’s Phil Ammann reports.


Lizbeth Benacquisto To Resume Senate District 30 Re-Election Effort

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,’s Phil Ammann reports.




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