Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, March 2, 2015

Mar 2, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Editorial:  Keep pushing flood insurance toward private market

The task is to create laws and policies that will provide affordable flood insurance without government-funded subsidies, and that will reflect the actual risk.  Attracting private insurers into the market is the most reasonable solution, the Tampa Tribune Editorial Board says.


Will Airbnb make itself at home in Florida?

What does it mean to own property?  Are app-based lodging and transportation services showing the way toward an enlightened age of the Sharing Economy or simply enabling a kindler, gentler gentrification?‘s Ryan Ray reviews the issues surrounding AirBnB in Florida.


Florida Homeownership Suffered Steep Decline in Last Decade

Florida had one of the largest declines in homeownership in the nation during the past decade, according to new figures released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau.  The Associated Press’ Mike Schneider reports for Insurance Journal.


Florida Court:  Proof Needed That Drivers Knew of Hit-and-Run to be Charged

Drivers in Florida can’t be prosecuted for leaving the scene of an accident unless there is proof they knew they were in a crash.  The Associated Press’ Gary Fineout reports.


Budget, beer, guns, pot and potties on lawmakers’ agenda

Conservation land purchases, beer growlers, tax cuts, guns on state university campuses, medical marijuana and even where transgender people can go to the bathroom will all be issues that will come up during Florida’s 2015 Legislative Session.  Brendan Farrington reports for


State audit highly critical of Florida’s unemployment system CONNECT

Florida’s unemployment system has few controls and records incorrect information, a report shows.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Michael Van Sickler reports.


State Farm to Pay $352.5 Million to Settle Texas Residential Overcharge Case

A settlement has been reached in a long-running dispute between the nation’s largest homeowners insurer and the state of Texas over premium overcharges.  Stephanie K. Jones reports for Insurance Journal.




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