Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, May 2
May 2, 2014
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Florida’s 2014 Regular Legislative Session
After agreeing to accept the House version of SB 542, a bill designed to entice more private companies to write flood insurance policies in Florida, the Senate passed the bill by a 30-3 vote Thursday, sending the bill to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.
Two Florida congressmen — Republican U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross and Democrat U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy — joined forces on Thursday to introduce “the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act of 2014” which, they insist, will allow more role for the private market on flood insurance by reducing the federal role and giving states more flexibility, Kevin Derby reports for SunshineStateNews.com.
Condominium buildings won’t be able to get coverage from state-run Citizens Property Insurance after July 1 under a bill heading to Governor Rick Scott’s desk, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.
A plan to require customers of Citizens Property Insurance to choose contractors approved by the state-run company to conduct sinkhole damage repairs on their homes saw new life, as the House inserted the provision yesterday in HB 375, an omnibus insurance bill, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.
New legislation passed and sponsored by Senator David Simmons and Representative Clay Ingram will modernize insurer solvency regulation in Florida to the benefit of Florida policyholders, Insurance News Net reports.
People were plucked off rooftops or climbed into their attics to get away from fast-rising waters when nearly 2 feet of rain fell on the Florida Panhandle and Alabama coast in the span of about 24 hours, the latest bout of severe weather that began with tornadoes in the Midwest, the Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal.
The speed limit on Florida highways would increase from 70 to 75 mph under a bill the House narrowly passed, despite arguments that it would lead to more deaths, the Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal.
Commercial parasailing operations, involved in several tragedies along Florida waterways in recent years, would gain state regulation for the first time under legislation headed to Governor Rick Scott, John Kennedy reports for the Palm Beach Post.
The strategy behind United Insurance Holdings Corp.’s geographic expansion beyond Florida showed up in the company’s financial report for the first quarter of 2014, Margie Manning reports for the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
A Miami-based company ranked first on the South Florida Business Journal’s list of the region’s top insurance agencies, Gilberto Medina reports.
On Thursday, the Senate passed HB 851, which would allow undocumented immigrants who attend a Florida high school for three years and graduated the chance to receive instate tuition, and sent it back to the House for final approval, The Florida Current’s Arek Sarkissian reports.
- House sets stage for admitting undocumented immigrant to Bar
- Medical cannabis bill includes special carve-out for Florida growers — but who?
The Florida House overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday that would legalize the use of low-THC marijuana to treat epilepsy and cancer patients, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.
Lawmakers will gather in Tallahassee for the 2016 Legislative Session in January, not the regular March start time, under a bill that passed through the Senate on Thursday, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.
The Florida Senate accepted a House proposal Thursday that would require Major League Baseball to change how Cuban players are treated if baseball wants to share in state money for stadium work, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via SunshineStateNews.com.
David Rivera, the former Miami congressman under investigation in a complicated campaign-financing case, announced on Wednesday night that he intends to run again for the United States House of Representatives, the Miami Herald reports.
Remember the House auto-reader, nicknamed Mary, in 2013, that resulted from a Democratic protest in the House? The Florida Current’s Bruce Ritchie notes Gary Fineout’s “Fine Print” analysis.
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