Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, June 12, 2015

Jun 12, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Scott signs 48 more bills into law Thursday

Governor Rick Scott signed 48 more bills into law Thursday, including one that formally repeals a Florida law prohibiting adoption by same-sex couples, another that provides added protections for those who need service animals and three authorizing payments to Palm Beach County residents with claims against local governments, the Palm Beach Post reports.


Florida Senate panel approves $400 million tax-cut package

Back-to-school shopping would be cheaper, cellphone bills would drop and college textbooks would be a little less expensive under a wide-ranging tax-cut package that emerged Thursday in the Florida Legislature.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Jeremy Wallace reports.


House Backs Off Bonding for Education, Environment

House leaders backed off a request for tens of millions of dollars in bonding for education and environmental projects Thursday, removing one of the stumbling blocks to a final deal on a state spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Brandon Larrabee reports via


Florida Supreme Court backs online travel agencies in tax battle

After a multi-year legal battle, the Florida Supreme Court ruled today in favor of third-party online travel agencies, such as Expedia, saying they don’t have to pay taxes on the marked-up prices they charge customers.  The Orlando Sentinel’s Caitlin Dineen reports.


Appellate court rules Florida’s communications services tax unconstitutional

Florida’s First District Court of Appeal has ruled that the state’s “communications services tax” – currently undergoing revision in the Legislature’s budget talks – is unconstitutional.’s Ryan Ray reports.


Governor Scott appoints Thomas Winokur to the First District Court of Appeal, replacing Nikki Clark

Thomas Winokur, 49, of Tallahassee, has served as assistant general counsel for the Executive Office of the Governor since 2011.’s Peter Schorsch reports.


Nevada insurance commissioner announces plans to resign

The Nevada Commissioner of Insurance is announcing his resignation after serving in the post for five years, the Associated Press reports via Nevada’s


What the Columbia lawsuit really means for cyber insurance

A recent case of an insurance company suing a former client to recover a $4 million claim payout has ignited a debate over cyber insurance, Darren Guccione reports for Venture Beat.




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