Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Friday, June 13, 2014

Jun 13, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

Florida Supreme Court rules pre-2010 red light cameras were illegal

Red light cameras installed before the Legislature authorized them in 2010 were illegal, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday, but drivers who were ticketed under the municipal programs shouldn’t expect to find a refund check in the mail anytime soon, Associated Press’ Brendan Farrington reports via


Taxi industry tells Miami-Dade to jail rogue UberX, Lyft drivers

How incensed are taxicab operators at rogue car services Lyft and UberX?  The Miami Herald’s Patricia Mazzei explains via the “Naked Politics” blog.


Panama City Beach gives preliminary OK to scooter insurance law

Scooter rental businesses in the city soon might be required to carry the same minimum liability insurance coverage that Florida mandates for automobiles, John Henderson reports for the Panama City News-Herald.


Flagler plane crash victim wants to change pilot liability law

Disaster could have been avoided in Palm Coast if federal regulations prohibited pilots of private planes from flying without insurance.  The Daytona Beach News-Journal’s Tony Holt reports on a case with federal implications.


Florida Supreme Court Upholds “Timely Justice” Law Fast-Tracking Executions 

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a 2013 law that legislative supporters said would reduce delays in carrying out the death penalty.


Law strikes “Korean Conflict,” “Vietnam Era” from the books

Gov. Rick Scott signed a law Thursday that changes state-law references from “Korean Conflict” to “Korean War,” and the “Vietnam Era” to “Vietnam War,” THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida Political Pulse.


Florida Delegation to Hold Hearing on Veterans Administration Medical Centers

On Thursday, the Florida congressional delegation, led by U.S. Representatives Vern Buchanan, R-Fla. and Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., held a hearing on problems at Veterans Administration medical facilities across the Sunshine State,’s Kevin Derby reports.


Incoming Speaker Crisafulli’s first (smart) moves:  Mears as staff chief, Prater and Smith as deputies

It’s official:  Kathy Mears is the must-hire chief of staff in the state Capitol, the Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


Will Weatherford brings back the “Florida Handbook”

For the first time since 2012, state leaders, politicos and the public will have a comprehensive guidebook to the Florida political landscape, reports.


Jim Greer’s salacious book blasts Charlie Crist, Tea Party

The disgraced and imprisoned former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida is the subject of a new book, Kate Irby reports for the Bradenton Herald.


Florida Broker Faces 600 Years in Massive Bailout Fraud Case

A Florida debt broker was held without bond Thursday on dozens of federal charges that he scammed banks and other financial institutions out of $76 million in taxpayer-backed mortgage bailout funds, M. Alex Johnson reports for NBC News.


House Committee Unveils TRIA-Extension Bill with 5-Year Term 

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act would be reauthorized in its present form but with much greater industry liability for five years under legislation to be unveiled yesterday by House Financial Services Committee Republicans, National Underwriter’s Arthur Postal reports for


Texas home falling off cliff

A Texas home teetering on the edge of a cliff is scheduled to be burned from the inside out, WTSP-TV reports.


Lloyd’s Tallies Collective Insurable Value of World Cup Teams at $10.5 Billion

Lloyd’s has released research with the Centre for Economics and Business Research that ranks each team in the FIFA World Cup based on the collective insurable value of each country’s players, Insurance Journal reports.



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