Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Monday, February 29, 2016

Feb 29, 2016


Florida Senate May Pick Up Aspects Of House “Uber” Bill

A lane may be opening in the Senate for a potential compromise on a heavily lobbied proposal involving app-based transportation services such as Uber and Lyft.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via CBS Local Miami.


Rental-car drivers nabbed by red-light cameras can’t face stiffer penalties, Florida Supreme Court rules

The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that governments using red-light cameras can’t penalize rental-car drivers differently than other motorists, striking down a portion of state law that had already been changed in 2013.  Larry Barszewski reports for the Sun-Sentinel.


USI acquires Florida insurance agency

USI Insurance Services, a Valhalla, New York-based national brokerage and consulting firm, has acquired Best Insurance, a family-owned insurance agency, reports.


Budget talks start this weekend

House and Senate leaders began formal budget negotiations to start this weekend.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via


Lawmakers revive vetoed projects, daring Scott to ax them again

Florida legislators aren’t scared one bit of Governor Rick Scott’s veto pen anymore.  Either that or they plan to get even this time, Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet writes in “The Buzz” blog.


Florida Senate panel halts fracking bill

A bill that could eventually allow fracking statewide has already passed the Florida House.  But the Senate’s Appropriations Committee voted it down 10-9 on Thursday after three hours of testimony from experts and environmentalists, including an entire fifth grade class from a Tallahassee elementary school.  Dan Sweeney reports for the Sun-Sentinel.


State Representative David Richardson getting results on prison fix proposals

Over the past six months, David Richardson, a Miami Beach Democrat who had never set foot in a prison, has quietly met with more than 120 inmates during more than 30 visits to 23 different corrections facilities in his quest to determine how to fix the ailing system.  The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


Quiet condo amendment exemplifies late-Session chaos

Each year as the legislation session grinds to a halt, terms like “germane” and “train” begin to bounce around the halls of the state Capitol, and eat up precious time during final committee meetings that are the last stop between a bill’s passage and its death


Puerto Rico’s Mass Migration at Play in 2016 Race for Florida

Puerto Ricans fleeing to Florida to avoid the island’s $70 billion debt crisis have become fiercely pursued prizes in the nation’s biggest presidential swing state.  Lauren Etter reports for Bloomberg Politics.


Court clears way for 24-hour abortion waiting period in Florida

An appeals court Friday overturned a temporary injunction that has blocked a new law requiring women to wait 24 hours before having abortions in Florida.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Margie Menzel reports via the Gainesville Sun.


Florida House Minority Leader Mark Pafford nears end of his term in “worst job in the Capitol”

Florida House Democratic Leader Mark Pafford of West Palm Beach is nearing the end of a two-year stretch in what one of his colleagues called the “worst job in the Capitol.”  The Palm Beach Post’s John Kennedy reports.


New Jersey Issues Reminder:  Certificates Law Will Take Effect in April

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration issued a statement this week reminding insurance agents, contractors and other interested parties in the state that the new certificates of insurance law will take effect on April 10, Insurance Journal reports.


Maryland Issues Bulletin on Minimum Days Notice Requirement

The Maryland Insurance Administration said it has come to regulators’ attention that some insurers and premium finance companies may not be providing the minimum days’ notice as prescribed by the Maryland statutes before companies cancel, non-renew, increase the premium, or reduce coverage on a property and casualty insurance policy, Insurance Journal reports.




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