Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, January 29, 2016
Jan 29, 2016
South Florida flooding threats are triggering the pumping of polluted farm water into Lake Okeechobee, just as more lake water is set to be drained out to sea. Andy Reid reports for the Sun-Sentinel.
A tornado picked up a southbound vehicle on Florida’s Turnpike near Fort Lauderdale Wednesday morning and dropped it in the northbound lane as a line of severe storms hit the area, the Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal.
Florida senators Thursday gave final approval to a bill that would provide legal protections to good Samaritans who break into locked cars to rescue vulnerable animals and people. THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via the Palm Beach Post.
The House and Senate transparency bills would both bar the state from implementing an all-payer claims database — but despite the prohibition, the Senate spending plan Senator Rene Garcia unveiled Thursday includes $4.5 million to fund one.
Health Choices, has always accused the federal Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchange of stealing its thunder. The two exchanges operate in similar fashion but have different origins and offer very different services. The Florida Times Union’s Tia Mitchell reports via the “Politijax” blog.
The centerpiece of Gov. Rick Scott’s tax cut plan may have already been dealt a fatal blow as state legislators instead are considering a wider range of sales tax reductions on everything from guns to smart phones in an election year. Jeremy Wallace reports for the Bradenton Herald.
- Nearly $800M separates House, Senate economic development budgets
- Florida House omits centerpiece of Governor Rick Scott’s $1 billion tax cut plan
The decision to allow use of medical marijuana will be in voters’ hands after advocates garnered enough support Tuesday, according to election authorities. WINK News reports.
Three gun-related measures — including an open-carry proposal and another that would change the burden of proof in the state’s “stand your ground” law — are headed to the House floor for a full vote. THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via SayfieReview.com.
GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Thursday picked up the endorsement of the Tampa Bay Times, the largest newspaper in Florida. Jesse Byrnes reports for TheHill.com.
John Steverson has raised hackles for suggesting that the state allow timber harvesting and cattle grazing to help state parks boost their income. Jim Rosica reports for FloridaPolitics.com.
Loopholes pump limit-skirting, hard-to-track money into state races, TCPalm.com’s Lucas Daprile explains.
Consumers will soon be able to simplify the buying of auto insurance by snapping a photo of their license plate and texting it to a phone number provided by the new site, Insurify.com, which will then generate price quotes. Insurance Journal reports.
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