Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Friday, January 30, 2015

Jan 30, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


10:00 a.m.–Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Claims Committee meeting.  Conference call: 866-361-7525; Conf ID: 5219676193#.  To access the agenda and meeting materials, click here.


Looking Ahead–Interim Legislative Committee Meetings

  • Week of February 2, 2015
  • Week of February 9, 2015
  • Week of February 16, 2015



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Jeff Atwater says insurance rates should be regulated at state level

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said on Wednesday that the Florida  should get back in the business of regulating health insurance rates, Christine Jordan Sexton reports for


Chorus grows urging Governor Scott, legislators to expand Medicaid

The League of Women Voters of Florida has joined businesses in calling for Governor Rick Scott and state lawmakers to reverse course in the upcoming legislative session and opt in to the Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act, the Palm Beach Post reports.


New England Journal of Medicine:  Florida, Other Insurers May Be Using Drug Costs to Discriminate

Insurance companies, perhaps more than previously thought, may be charging the sickest patients extra for drugs under the federal health law, in an effort to discourage them from choosing certain plans, according to a study released Wednesday.  Pharmaceutical Processing magazine reports.


Possible Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sunshine Law violation won’t be investigated by state attorney

State Attorney Willie Meggs said Thursday that he will not investigate whether the state’s open meetings law was violated by Governor Rick Scott and the three elected Cabinet members in last month’s ouster of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner.  Tampa Bay Times’ Michael Van Sickler and Josh Solomon report.


Senator Latvala Slams Cabinet on Florida Department of Law Enforcement Scandal

Florida Senator Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, appeared on local television this past Sunday, during which he sharply criticized the “disingenuous” responses and criticism of Governor Rick Scott by fellow Republicans on the Florida Cabinet over the ouster of former Florida Department of Law Enforcement chief Gerald Bailey.  The Tampa Bay Times posts the video clip from his interview.


Rick Scott staffers to make legislative rounds next week on proposed budget

After releasing a budget proposal of nearly $77 billion on Wednesday, Governor Rick Scott’s staff will make the rounds in the Florida Capitol next week to discuss details with 14 legislative panels,‘s Phil Ammann reports.


Florida Could Allow Drones To Be Used For Agriculture

Drones also have support from Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who believes there are benefits for the major industry – worth about $108 billion in all, Alexa Epitropoulos reports for the Jacksonville Business Journal.


How much will Scott’s tax cut save you?  Click here for do-it-yourself

On Thursday, Governor Scott rolled out a handy-dandy calculator for people to figure out what his proposed tax reduction might mean to them.  The “Post on Politics” blog reports.


Tupelo honey, the sweet stuff – not the song, could become Florida state symbol

Florida would finally have an official state honey under a bill, SB 556, filed by Senator Bill Montford.   Palm Beach Post’s Christine Stapleton reports.


NAIC Creates CyberSecurity Task Force

Officers and the leadership of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners have identified cybersecurity in the insurance sector as a key initiative for the year. 


Court Says Directors Liable for Poorly Managed Companies

A decision this week from U.S Court of Appeals in Philadelphia provides good reason for directors to resign from poorly managed companies to avoid personal liability, even if someone else is making the mistakes.  Bloomberg’s Bill Rochelle reports via Insurance Journal.


MetLife To Provide Insurance For Lyft Drivers In Colorado

Lyft drivers in Colorado now have access to a unique auto insurance policy tailored specifically for them, reports.


Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs Co-Host First International Criminal Tax Symposium

The Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division and Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs co-hosted a three-day International Criminal Tax Symposium in Washington, D.C. this week.  The delegates focused on four key areas, including combating beneficial ownerships and the use of shell companies, transnational organized crime, combating offshore tax evasion and refund crimes and repayment fraud.



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