Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, December 4, 2015

Dec 4, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

There are no insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity rules Uber drivers are independent contractors for employment purposes

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity issued a final order Thursday afternoon ruling that drivers for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are “independent contractors” rather than employees per se.  Ryan Ray reports for


Scott’s budget and tax cuts continue to draw rough treatment in Senate

Governor Rick Scott’s budget and tax-cutting plans continued getting dinged up Thursday in the Senate – with a committee calling for more analysis of his bid to boost school spending by $507.3 million, mostly on the backs of property taxpayers.  The Palm Beach Post’s John Kennedy reports via the “Post on Politics” blog.


Jeff Brandes’ bill seeks to set higher threshold for property seizure

Two Republican lawmakers have filed bills that would require a person be arrested before law enforcement agencies seize cash or property and a conviction before they can keep it – an idea the agencies strongly oppose.  The Associated Press reports via


House panel votes to allow state to set municipal election dates

A House panel approved a bill Thursday morning that would reshape the timing and electorate of Florida’s local elections.  Ryan Ray reports for


Florida League of Cities wants to change firefighter and fracking bills

The Florida League of Cities wants legislature to stay out of its business and start dealing with rising sea levels, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.


Bill would allow students to take computer coding as a “foreign language”

Move over Spanish, French and Latin. Computer coding could be on the way.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Saunders reports via


Massachussetts Attorney General Argues Mapfre, Safety Won Excessive Home Insurance Rate Hikes

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says two of the state’s largest homeowners’ insurance companies won excessive and unwarranted rate increases of about 9 percent by taking advantage of last winter’s record snowfall.  The Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal.


Tennessee Supreme Court Rejects Constitutionality Ruling on Damages Cap

The Tennessee Supreme Court has vacated the decision of a trial court that ruled a state law putting a cap on certain personal injury damages is unconstitutional.’s Amy O’Conner reports via Insurance Journal.


King Appointed to Texas Windstorm Insurance Board

Texas Commissioner of Insurance David Mattax has appointed Deborah King to the board of directors of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, Insurance Journal reports.




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