Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, June 19, 2015

Jun 19, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


In Climate Change Controversy, A Tale of Two Agencies

With their offices only eight miles apart, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection take two very different approaches to the topic of climate change.  The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting explains.


Florida House Prepares $78 Billion Budget for Final Vote

Many of the biggest policy fights that punctuated the past few months dominated the House Thursday as that chamber debated the proposed $78 billion budget.  Matt Dixon reports for Scripps’ “Political Fix Florida” blog.


Hospital Construction Bill Among Special Session Casualties

A move to deregulate hospital construction was among a number of healthcare bills that have died in the Senate in the waning days of the special session in Tallahassee.  Christopher Curry reports for the Gainesville Sun.


FPL gets approval for controversial fracking plan

State regulators have given Florida Power & Light permission to invest up to $500 million a year in natural gas drilling projects and to pass those costs onto customers.  The Associated Press reports via the Tampa Tribune.


Florida Supreme Court orders Broward Judge Laura Watson removed

Broward Circuit Judge Laura Marie Watson cannot be trusted on the bench and must be removed, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.  The Sun-Sentinel’s Rafael Olmeda reports.


Uber Ruling Fuels Debate on Status of Workers

In a ruling that fuels a long-simmering debate over some of Silicon Valley’s fastest-growing technology companies and the work they are creating, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office said that a driver for the ride-hailing service Uber should be classified as an employee, not an independent contractor.  The New York Times reports via


U.S. House Bill Targets “Federal Creep” on Insurance Regulation

“Federal creep” on oversight of insurance and financial services is a key concern in legislation written by the Republican majority and approved Wednesday by the House Appropriations subcommittee that controls the purse for the Departments of Labor and Treasury.  Arthur Postal reports for


NAIC Approves New Indexed Universal Life Insurance Illustration Rule

“More realistic” guidelines for the illustrations insurers, agents and brokers can use in marketing indexed universal life insurance (IUL) products was approved today by the full National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Arthur Postal reports for




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