Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, March 11, 2016

Mar 11, 2016


New Data Map shows all but one Florida county suffered a weather disaster over the past five years

Environmental researchers at Eckerd College released data showing nearly every single Floridian lives in a county where weather-related disasters have been declared over the past five years,’s Janelle Irwin reports.


Florida Just Let Car Insurers Set Rates in a Single ZIP Code

A national consumer group calls it a “bad idea,” but Florida legislators just passed a law that lets insurers set rates in a territory as small as a single ZIP code.  The Palm Beach Post’s Charles Elmore reports.


Legislature passes bill to require Life Insurance Companies do more to find Beneficiaries

Life insurance companies will have to do more to find beneficiaries of those who die under a bill that passed the Florida Legislature and now heads for Governor Rick Scott’s desk.  The Miami Herald’s Jeremy Wallace reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


With chambers still at odds, Session’s last day is Ride-Hail Bill’s last chance

If a bill to regulate ride-hail app companies and preempt local regulations fails to get a hearing in the Senate on Friday, Uber’s concerted push for it and attack ads on Senate president Andy Gardiner may be for naught.   Daniel Ducassi reports for Politico Florida.


Health Care Bills advance in Florida Legislature

A variety of healthcare-related bills made way through the Legislature on the penultimate day of the 2016 Regular Session,’s Phil Ammann reports.


Governor Rick Scott signs 25 Bills into Law

The Governor’s Office lists the legislation enacted yesterday.


Florida House nears lopsided vote on budget

A proposed $82.3 billion budget is set to pass the state House by an unusually lopsided margin Friday, as Democrats band together with Republicans in what could serve as a warning to Governor Rick Scott.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Brandon Larrabee reports via


Steve Crisafulli, a Quietly Heroic and Principled Speaker of the House 

Understated Crisafulli, still only 44 — man of great conviction — has been an outstanding speaker of the House for Florida, Publisher Nancy Smith writes.


Chris Sprowls clinches House Speakership for 2021-22

State Representative Chris Sprowls, a freshman Republican from Pinellas County, appears to have sewn up the race for Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives with Thursday’s support from fellow freshman Paul Renner, reports.


Matt Gaetz exploring run for Congress

State Representative Matt Gaetz, the conservative firebrand from northwest Florida, is aggressively exploring a run for Congress, three sources with deep ties to the Panhandle tell  Peter Schorsch of


Travelers to Offer Homeowners Insurance Discount for Smart Home Devices

The Travelers Companies, Inc. will now provide a discount on homeowners insurance for eligible customers with qualifying smart home devices.  Smart smoke detectors and security systems that alert homeowners through their smartphones may qualify for the Protective Device discount from Travelers, which is available countrywide, Insurance Journal reports.


Texas Seeks Comments on Windstorm Inspection Rule

The Texas Department of Insurance is seeking comments on an informal working draft of amendments that would update the rule relating to items not requiring inspection for the purposes of windstorm and hail insurance coverage through the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, Insurance Journal reports.




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