Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, November 6, 2015

Nov 6, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

Florida Senate defeats redistricting map; Special Session crashes

A last-ditch effort to keep the courts from drawing state Senate districts collapsed Thursday, as senators voted down a plan proposed by the House and a special session called to draw the lines crashed to an end.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Brandon Larrabee reports via the Florida Times-Union.


Florida Senator Jack Latvala cedes years-long battle for Senate Presidency to rival Joe Negron

Pinellas County will not have its first Senate President in nearly a century after Senator Jack Latvala announced Thursday that he is giving up his long, protracted battle against Senator Joe Negron for one of the most powerful positions in Florida.  Jeremy Wallace and Steve Bousquet report for the Tampa Bay Times.


Another 127,000 homeowners targeted for removal from Citizens

Another 127,000 homeowners in Florida can expect to get notices trying to nudge them out of the state-run property insurance company in the coming months as part of an ongoing effort to “depopulate” Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Jeremy Wallace reports for the Tampa Bay Times.


Court strikes down Florida law on credit card surcharges

Pointing to the First Amendment, a federal appeals court has struck down a Florida law that bars businesses from imposing a “surcharge” on customers who pay with credit cards.   THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via


Privately leased area of SunRail collision did not have required fencing, railroad insurance

Improper insurance coverage was revealed in a SunRail collision in Winter Park that injured 10 people last month, the Orlando Sentinel’s Steven Lemongello reports.


Despite resistance, Rick Scott wants $1 billion in tax cuts

Setting up another contentious budget battle, Florida Governor Rick Scott was expected Thursday to call for $1 billion in tax cuts, most of it targeted at businesses.  The Associated Press’ Gary Fineout reports via


Atwater won’t pursue 2016 Senate bid

State Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said Thursday he won’t run for the U.S. Senate in 2016, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via


Gainesville gives first OK to medical marijuana dispensaries

Medical marijuana dispensaries may be allowed in some parts of Gainesville, city commissioners decided Thursday evening.  April Warren reports for the Gainesville Sun.


Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Chaney Re-Elected for Third Term

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, a Republican, was reelected to a third term in the office on November 3, according to the Associated Press, Insurance Journal reports.


Louisiana Citizens Looks to Shed Questionable Insurance Deductible

Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance may soon end the longstanding, and apparently unique, practice of selling policies that include a $10,000 deductible for non-hurricane damage, Insurance Journal reports.




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