Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Monday, January 09, 2017

Jan 9, 2017


Senate Bill Offers Redress for Hurricane-Damaged Home

Florida bore the brunt of Hurricane Matthew last fall. For Homeowners who suffered damage, a particular burden was imposed, via Property Appraisals that fit the period before the storm wrecked their houses.  A.G. Gancarski reports for


Florida Lawmakers Set to Take Another Stab at Fixing Insurance Claims Abuses

Banking and Insurance Panels from Florida’s Senate and House will kick off this year’s efforts to solve the “Assignment of Benefits” problem that Home Insurers say will trigger Annual Insurance Rate Hikes for South Florida Homeowners indefinitely if not resolved.  Ron Hurtibise reports for the Sun-Sentinel.


Study:  Climatic Quirk Protects Florida’s Coast in Busy Storm Seasons

An Atmospheric Bubble Wrap of cooler ocean temperatures and lofty crosswinds is shielding Florida during active hurricane periods, limiting Mother Nature’s Wrath near shore even as she rages in the open ocean, a new study found.  Kimberly Miller repots for the Palm Beach Post.


Senator Brandes Correct, No Permit Needed for Driverless Cars Here

Senator Jeff Brandes, who has been advocating for Laws to allow Driverless Cars, is correct that Florida does not require a Permit to operate or test a Driverless Car.  But that doesn’t mean people should expect to hitch an automated ride any time soon.  Amy Sherman reports for Politico Florida.


Jacksonville Motorist Alleges Garrison Property and Casualty Hasn’t Paid Coverage for Injuries

A Jacksonville Woman alleges her Insurer owes her benefits for injuries she sustained in an auto accident.  Jenie Mallari-Torres reports for the Florida Record.


Florida Court Rules on Workers’ Compensation Rate Hike

Barring Emergency Circumstances, a Florida Court ruled that no extensions will be given in the appeal case looking to overturn a Court Order that invalidated the approved 14.5 percent Rate Increase on the State’s Workers’ Compensation Rates.  Melissa Burch reports for the Florida Record.


Airbnb Reaches Out to Help Travelers Affected by Ft. Lauderdale Shooting

Airbnb is activating its Local Disaster Response Tool to assist travelers impacted by the shooting at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Phil Ammann reports for


Bloodbath Shows Why Guns Should Be Allowed in Airports, Florida Lawmakers Say

Two Conservative Republican Lawmakers who want to lift Florida’s Ban on Concealed Weapons in Airport Terminals say Friday’s shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport strengthens the need for their proposal.  Kristin M. Clark reports for the Miami Herald.


Jeff Brandes’ Legislation Would Reform Why State Suspends Driver’s Licenses

Republican State Senator Jeff Brandes is once again Filing a Bill that would prevent Floridians from having their Driver’s Licenses suspended for a reason unrelated to a Driving Violation.  Mitch Perry reports for


Florida Wildlife Officials Recommend Leaving Boat Anchoring Regulation With the State

Florida’s Restriction on Local Anchoring Regulations has generated concerns, particularly in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, which have more people and boats than most counties and limited areas to anchor vessels.  Bruce Ritchie reports for Politico Florida.A


Representative Bill Hager “Dumbfounded” His Flight Landed During Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting

State Representative Bill Hager got a front-row seat to the aftermath of Friday’s shooting at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, Politico Florida’s Matt Dixon reports.


In letter to Congress, Governor Scott Asks Feds to Increase Medicaid Funding

Governor Rick Scott on Friday laid out his vision for transforming Florida’s $26 Billion Medicaid Program and asked Congress to keep Medicaid Rates in effect under Obamacare in certain instances.  Christine Sexton reports for Politico Florida.


Florida’s Vern Buchanan to Chair Key Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee reports that U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan of Florida has been named Chairman of The House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, a key Watchdog Panel with Investigative Authority over all issues under the full Committee’s Jurisdiction, including health care, the IRS, welfare, Social Security and Medicare.


“Breach of The Peace” May Be A Relic of The Past Under New Legislation

H.B. 6013 Sponsor Cord Byrd asserted in a Friday conversation with that “Breach of the Peace is used as a Mechanism to deny people their Firearms.”


Florida Faculty Union Grows as Professors Fear Conservative Policies

Florida’s Statewide Union representing College and University Faculty experienced explosive growth last year, which Leaders say is a reaction to the increasing Politicization of Higher Education Administration.  Jessica Bakeman reports for Politico Florida.




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