Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, August 28, 2015

Aug 28, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


  • 11:00 a.m.–Florida Workers’ Compensation Joint Underwriting Association Reinsurance Committee teleconference meeting.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

Governor Scott Declares Florida State of Emergency In Advance of Tropical Storm Erika

Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 15-173 today, declaring a state of emergency in every county within the state of Florida in preparation for Tropical Storm Erika.


Scott to Floridians:  Get ready for Tropical Storm Erika

Governor Rick Scott acknowledged Thursday that there is a lot of uncertainty on whether Florida will be hit by Tropical Storm Erika, but he urged Floridians to get ready after receiving a briefing at the state’s Emergency Operations Center.  John Kennedy reports for the Palm Beach Post.


Late Florida Request for Disaster Assistance Delays Federal Action on Flooded Tampa Bay Area

A formal federal disaster declaration for Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco has been delayed, inasmuch as Florida submitted the request three weeks after the storms subsided and almost a week after preliminary damage-assessment teams with the Federal Emergency Management Agency left the region.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Jeremy Wallace reports.


Citizens could hit Keys with big hike

Florida Keys policyholders with the state’s Citizens Property Insurance Corporation could see the highest rate hikes in the state in 2016, Kevin Wadlow reports for the Florida Keynoter.


Choice and competition needed in Florida flood insurance market

Earlier this year, Florida Senator Jeff Brandes pushed legislation into law that improves coastal development standards and provides consumers additional flood insurance protection choices.  Florida Consumer Action Network Deputy Director Bill Newton comments in this Sun-Sentinel editorial opinion.


Fallout continues from failed Florida redistricting session, as courts loom

In the ongoing saga that is the fight over Florida’s 27 congressional lines, the state Senate made a last-ditch effort yesterday to keep the issue from being decided by the courts, while plaintiffs suing over the process asked the Florida Supreme Court to act quickly.  Matt Dixon reports for


Florida Scores a Big Free Speech Victory Against Intimidation Lawsuits

Florida lawmakers did one thing worth celebrating in this year’s Legislative Session:  They approved, at long last, a law that protects residents from “SLAPPs”–Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation.  Sally Swartz reports for


FPL gets go-ahead for Jacksonville coal plant deal

State regulators Thursday approved a settlement that will clear the way for Florida Power & Light to buy — and ultimately shut down — a coal-fired power plant in Jacksonville.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Saunders reports via WJXT-TV.




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