Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, October 16, 2015

Oct 16, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

There are no insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

Florida, feds agree to $1.6B deal on Low Income Pool health funding

After more than six months of wrangling, the state and federal governments on Thursday finalized a deal that will bring $1.6 billion in supplemental Medicaid dollars to Florida between now and June 30, 2017.  Christine Sexton reports for


Summer Flood Repairs in Florida’s Pasco County Total More Than $100M

Pasco County, Florida officials have learned that flooding this past summer could end up costing the county more than $107 million in repairs, the Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal.


Florida Building Commission Votes on Pool Safety Measures

Florida commercial pools are required to carry low voltage lighting which is survivable in an accident.  But residential pools can carry deadly high voltage.  Miami CBS Local reports.


Local lawmaker Mark Pafford to head health advocacy group

House Democratic Leader Mark Pafford of West Palm Beach was named Thursday chief executive officer of Florida CHAIN, the statewide health advocacy organization.


Senate President Skeptical About “Second Tier” Healthcare Alternative Plans

Florida lawmakers want to curb rising costs in healthcare. But they’re at odds over how to do that, Lynn Hatter reports for Health News Florida.


Florida lawmakers try again to redraw state Senate map

In what may be one of the most expensive do-overs in Florida political history, lawmakers return Monday in special session to complete something they failed to get right three years ago – the realignment of state Senate district boundaries to accommodate population growth.  Mary Ellen Klas and Steve Bousquet report for the Miami Herald.


Ultimate guide to the six Florida Senate base maps

On October 14th, just a few days before special session begins, the state legislature released six proposed base maps for its state Senate lines.’s Matthew Isbell analyzes them.


Federal judge dismisses Fair Districts suit

In a stinging blow to opponents of the state’s anti-gerrymandering amendments, a federal court this week has thrown out a lawsuit filed by two Florida Republican Party officials who claimed the new law violated the constitution because it had a “chilling effect” on their free speech and petition rights.  The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports.


Proposal for Higher Texas Windstorm Policy Liability Limits Denied

Texas Insurance Commissioner David Mattax has denied a request by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association to increase limits of liability for residential and commercial properties it insures along the Texas coast, Insurance Journal reports.


North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Goodwin to Seek Re-Election

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin plans to seek re-election in 2016, Insurance Journal reports.




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