Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, July 17, 2015.

Jul 17, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Florida’s 2015 Insurance Legislation Takes Effect

Insurance Journal’s Amy O’Connor lists insurance-related Florida legislation passed by lawmakers in the 2015 regular session.  All legislation has been approved by Governor Rick Scott and became effective as of July 1, 2015.


Cities mull road map to invite Uber back to Broward

Some Broward cities are plotting a route to bypass county rules and form a network to allow controversial car service company Uber to operate seamlessly in certain areas Lisa J. Huriash and Brittany Wallman report for the Sun-Sentinel.


Appeals court:  Cap money to lawyers in Lee Memorial mishap

An appeals court Wednesday upheld a 2012 move by state lawmakers to limit fees paid to attorneys who represented a child severely injured by Lee Memorial staff during a botched birth.  Ben Brasch reports for the Ft. Myers News Press.


More Medicare Advantage audits in South Florida and elsewhere reveal overcharges

Government audits just released as the result of a lawsuit detail widespread billing errors in private Medicare Advantage health plans going back years, including overpayments of thousands of dollars a year for some patients.  Fred Schulte from the Center for Public Integrity reports via and


Bondi endorses Lopez-Cantera in Senate race

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi endorsed newly minted U.S. Senate candidate Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera out of the crowded field of Republican candidates Thursday, the Palm Beach Post’s John Kennedy reports in the “Post on Politics” blog.


Term limited, yet state Senator Latvala files for re-election

Florida Senator Jack Latvala is convinced the courts will invalidate the state’s 40 Senate districts and force them to be redrawn, just like they are now making the Legislature redraw the state’s 27 U.S. Congressional Districts.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Jeremy Wallace reports via “The Buzz” blog.


Better late than never:  Online access to court files arrives in South Florida

Nearly two decades after the federal courts did it, state courts in South Florida and across the Sunshine State have begun to allow the public online access to documents contained in case files.  The’s Dan Christensen reports.


Labor Department’s 6-Part Test for Classifying Employees, Independent Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a blog post with new guidance on classifying workers as employees or independent contractors under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, an issue that has attracted renewed attention in the on-demand economy, Insurance Journal reports.


Jeb’s Uber economy

More than any of his rivals – even more than Rand Paul – Jeb Bush is embracing the sharing-oriented economy as a symbol of free-market, anti-regulation ideology.  Politico’s Eli Stokols reports.




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