Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Monday, March 12, 2018
Mar 12, 2018 | By Colodny Fass
Lawmakers needed extra time to finish a budget after the mass shooting in Parkland forced them to quickly craft a response that included a three-day waiting period, a minimum age of 21 to buy a gun in Florida, and $400 million for mental health and school safety and a program that allows school personnel to carry concealed weapons. The Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet reports via “The Buzz” blog.
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Uber has been sued in multiple states, including in Florida, over whether its drivers are employees or independent contractors, raising questions over whether the company owes unemployment and other benefits. Lawrence Mower reports via the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog.
We also can’t ignore the new reality, Florida Property Casualty Association Director William Stander tells the Palm Beach Post.
Workers’ compensation in the state of Florida is about to be a huge issue that could impact affordable housing, jobs and the ability of many companies to stay in business, a Florida lumber supply CEO tells the Daily Commercial.
Florida’s 5th Judicial Circuit covers five counties in the north-central part of the state- Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter, the Associated Press reports.
The NRA maintains that Florida’s new age limit violates the constitutional rights of young adults, alleging that it prohibits “an entire class of law-abiding, responsible citizens from fully exercising the right to keep and bear arms-namely, adults who have reached the age of 18 but are not yet 21.” The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham reports via the St. Augustine Record.
The issue of nursing homes and assisted living facilities having backup power on site was a top priority of Scott during this year’s legislative session. THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Christine Jordan Sexton reports via the Winter Haven News Chief.
In the waning hours of the annual session, the Florida Legislature approved tough new restrictions, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Christine Jordan Sexton reports via FloridaPolitics.com.
Floridians will be able to buy batteries, portable radios and generators tax-free during a week-long period in June, the Associated Press reports.
The real controversy centers on FL HB7055 (18R), a priority for House Speaker Richard Corcoran (R-Land O’ Lakes). The bill includes sweeping changes to the K-12 system. The governor touted that the newly signed law “expands school choice.” Daniel Ducassi reports for Politico Florida.
A bill that would allow write-in candidates to run for districts they do not live in cleared the Legislature
Sarasota Herald-Tribune Political Reporter Zac Anderson gives an overview of what happened during the 60-day legislative session.
Nobody expected a tragedy like Parkland to suck all the oxygen out of the Legislature’s 2018 Regular Session, FloridaPolitics.com Publisher Peter Schorsch writes.
Citrus canker has led to more than a 70 percent reduction in Florida’s annual citrus crop while nearly tripling the cost of production. Kevin Bouffard reports for the Lakeland Ledger.
In an effort to shore up the newly-enacted law limiting gun sales, an influential member of the Constitutional Revision Commission has proposed an amendment that will prevent future constitutional challenges to the law. The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports via “The Buzz” blog.
The Bradenton Herald’s Hannah Morse recounts how Manatee County is picking up the pieces.
The Post and Courier of Charleston cited authorities who said faked crashes were part of a scam that resulted in charges filed in November against 10 Pee Dee-area residents for insurance fraud involving nearly $300,000 in altered medical bills. The Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal.
Tempers flared in a March 7 hearing of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, Ray Lehmann blogs for Insurance Journal.
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