Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, December 28, 2015

Dec 28, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

Allstate wants Florida no-fault auto-insurance issue to go to high court

Pointing to conflicting opinions in lower courts, Allstate Insurance Co. is asking the Florida Supreme Court to take up a dispute about payments for treating patients in the state’s no-fault auto insurance system.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via the Orlando Sentinel.


Lawmakers, Atwater look at Pulling Plug on Personal Injury Protection Insurance

Florida’s Personal Injury Protection auto insurance system, known as “No-Fault,” would end in 2019 under proposals ready to go before lawmakers.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via


Florida Seeks Information on String of Jacksonville Arsons

The Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office is looking for information about a string of arsons that occurred early the morning of December 8th, 2015 in Jacksonville, Insurance Journal reports.


In Florida, dealing with climate change has become a local issue

A brief conversation in Miami would result in Florida becoming, however briefly, a pioneer in grappling with the effects of climate change, such as flooding and freshwater drinking supplies contaminated with saltwater.  Tristam Kortem reports for the Naples Daily News.


Florida lawmakers hope bill will solve Uber, Lyft ride-hailing impasse

State lawmakers who represent Hillsborough County have adopted a bill they plan to introduce this Session that attempts to solve the regulatory impasse and allow ride-hailing companies to operate legally in Hillsborough County by providing for minimum insurance, background checks and vehicle safety standards.  Jeff Schweers reports for the Tampa Tribune.


Voters told to update signatures in advance of Florida’s presidential primary

With a presidential primary right around the corner, many Florida voters are being told they must update their legal signatures to ensure that their absentee ballots will be counted.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet reports via “The Buzz” blog.


City of Jacksonville argues federal protection of driver license information is unconstitutional

The city of Jacksonville has argued in court that a federal law protecting drivers’ privacy is unconstitutional, and police should be able to look up driver license information even if it’s not for an investigation.  Andrew Pantazi reports for the Florida Times-Union.


New law would force secondhand dealers to return stolen items free

As it stands, Florida’s pawnbroking act requires that pawnbrokers place a 90-day hold on property that law enforcement has deemed stolen.  Kristine Gill explores the issue for Naples Daily News.


Officers say weekend stolen boat chase like nothing they’ve seen

Three suspected boat thieves, manacled and shackled, arrived at the Fort Myers Beach U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday, just a few miles from where a 20-hour, high-speed boat chase began Thursday morning.  Michael Braun reports for the Ft. Myers News-Press.


Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner:  Create cradle to career path for all children

In January, Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner will bring to the Senate floor a package of legislation that represents a cradle to career pathway to economic independence for people with unique abilities. publishes his editorial opinion.


Cuba serves as home to thousands of classic American cars

Despite the thousands of antique cars that are in Cuba, insurance officials say most car collectors don’t plan plan to buy them because of their significant drop in value, WSVN-TV reports.


Structured settlements allow companies to make millions from injured

Unlike traditional settlements, which are paid out in one sum, structured settlements dispense the payout in portions over a lifetime to protect vulnerable people from immediately spending it all.  The Washington Post’s Terrence McCoy reports.




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