Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, February 23, 2015

Feb 23, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Proposal aims to ease sting of soaring Florida flood insurance rates

A bill filed in the Florida Legislature Friday looks toward a future when coastal communities no longer can rely on the federal government for flood insurance coverage.  The Tampa Tribune’s Josh Boatwright reports.


Agents rip “unreasonable” plays for Citizens customers, bill addresses

A new bill would require written consent before customers are switched to private insurers from state-run Citizens Property Insurance amid agents’ concerns about “unreasonable” takeout offers.  Charles Elmore reports for the Palm Beach Post.


Ariel Re Launches Florida, Kansas Program

Ariel Specialty will offer up to $20M of limit for all risk, named storm and wind/hail property coverage on business with total insured values in the range of $5M to $250M and with a focus on property in coastal areas of Florida and the broader South East Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the USA, the company reports.


Bill aims to make firing guns illegal in Florida neighborhoods

A state legislator aims to change the Florida law that allows recreational gun use, putting an end to target shooting in backyards.   Patricio Bolono reports for the Daytona Beach News-Journal.


Florida lawmakers to tackle troubled mental-health system

After years of neglect, Florida’s “dysfunctional” mental-health system is likely to be a top priority for lawmakers in the upcoming legislative session, with both advocates and politicians calling for major reform, the Orlando Sentinel reports.


The week ahead:  Lull before the Session storm

It’s the lull before the storm.  In the spring, salmon swim upriver, swallows return to Capistrano and, in Florida, 160 lawmakers descend on the state capitol to decide how to spend billions of dollars.  James Call writes for


Gambling Industries and Trial Lawyers Placing Bets on 2016 Legislative Races

Some of the most active groups seeking candidates for Florida legislative races in 2016 are gambling interests and trial lawyers, radio talk show host Ed Dean explains for


Florida investing lots of money, big hopes in I-4 project

State transportation officials are embarking this month on a six-year, $2.3 billion makeover to a vital, 21-mile stretch that produces congestion so thick that frustrated commuters often call it the “I-4 parking lot.”  The Associated Press reports via


One little number fuels South Florida’s tax-fraud explosion

In the last few years, records show the Internal Revenue Service has issued thousands of EFINs to purported electronic tax preparers throughout South Florida.  The Miami Herald’s Jay Weaver reports.


Texas Lawmaker Urges Extension of Wind Insurance Inspections 

A Texas lawmaker says thousands of coastal residents could lose their windstorm insurance coverage if the Legislature doesn’t extend a program that provides windstorm inspections, Insurance Journal reports.



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