Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Monday, March 27, 2017

Mar 27, 2017


Florida House panel votes to abolish PIP insurance effective January 1

A House committee voted overwhelmingly Monday to do away with personal injury protection, or PIP, insurance in Florida,’s Michael Moline reports.


Consumer Protection Coalition launches ad on Assignment of Benefits claims

Florida’s Consumer Protection Coalition launched a radio and television ad campaign Monday to warn homeowners about the dangers of assignment of benefits, Drew Wilson reports for


Miami Threatens to Sue Airbnb, Hit Residents for Code Compliance Over Short-Term Rentals

On Thursday, a group of Miami property owners renting their homes out on Airbnb showed up at Miami City Hall, begging Mayor Regalado to reject a measure declaring their businesses an illegal nuisance.  Allison Nielsen reports for


Florida floating-home case sails back into U.S. Supreme Court docket

Four years ago, Fane Lozman won an improbable longshot victory when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with him that his floating home was a house, not a vessel subject to seizure by Riviera Beach.  Now Lozman is asking the justices to enforce their ruling by forcing the city to pay him legal fees and reimburse him for the home’s value after it was seized and destroyed, the Associated Press reports via Crain’s Miami.


Gulf of Mexico waters are freakishly warm near South Florida, which could mean explosive springtime storms

Water temperatures at the surface of the Gulf of Mexico and near South Florida are on fire.  Jason Samenow reports for the Washington Post.


At Vacation-Rental Town Hall, Renner Hears Unanimity Against Impairing Local Control

“There’s really absolutely no truth in the fact that these are struggling people trying to keep their house. These are investors who are preying on us, ruining our community,” one homeowner said. reports.


North Florida Backyard Book Burning Destroys Homes

The fire started when a man started burning books in his yard around 2 p.m. Wednesday. The fire quickly got out of control and spread, Insurance Journal reports.


House trauma center bill clears first hurdle

A limit on how many trauma centers can open in Florida would be erased under legislation that cleared its first committee,’s Jim Rosica reports.


Battle over trauma centers continues with new lawsuit

Another high-profile court fight over new trauma centers opening in Florida has begun in Tallahassee, even as lawmakers prepare to tinker with state law governing such facilities.’s Jim Rosica reports.


Florida lawmakers merge two bills to expand medical services for abused children

In an unexpected move, legislators merged two bills into one rather than unnecessarily compete against one another in a common goal to create a coordinated effort to enlist better medical services for abused children Monday.  Les Neuhaus reports for


Florida Governor Rick Scott Wants Review of All State Agency Contracts With Enterprise Florida

Governor Rick Scott’s Chief of Staff is asking state agencies under the Governor to conduct a review of all legal contracts.


Here are 5 fights to watch as Governor Rick Scott, lawmakers collide on how to spend more than $80 billion

Governor Rick Scott and the Legislature have battled repeatedly over jobs and tourism spending for weeks, but a fight with much bigger stakes will soon take center stage.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet reports.


“Property assessed” financing for solar panels reveal serious problems for Realtors, lenders

As solar energy expands as Florida’s next big growth industry, with it comes a host of unforeseen consequences, Publisher Peter Schorsch writes.


House releases timetable for voting on its proposed state budget

The House will vote on a state budget on April 13, if all goes according to plan, reports.


NAACP urges governor to return case to prosecutor

The Florida NAACP conference on Saturday urged Florida’s governor to return an officer-murder case to a prosecutor who had it taken away after she said her office will no longer seek the death penalty in any cases.  The Associated Press reports via the Tallahassee Democrat.


Florida leads in construction jobs added in February

Forty-three states added construction jobs year-over-year in February, Orlando Business Journal reports.


Medical marijuana doctors gain approvals, await next steps

More than 600 Florida physicians can now recommend medical marijuana to patients, but many have questions and some are holding off until state rules for the emerging industry are clarified.  Mary Shanklin reports for the Orlando Sentinel.


Good News! Devastating Screwworm Eradicated in Florida

State and federal officials announced Friday that the recent screwworm infestation in South Florida has been eliminated, ending a potentially serious threat to farm livestock and warm-blooded pets, reports.


How a fence could derail a new Miami-Orlando train

Executives of the company building Brightline, a Miami-Orlando passenger train service, are deeply concerned about a bill wending its way through the Florida Legislature that contains rail-crossing requirements that could disrupt the project’s West Palm Beach-to-Orlando segment.  The Miami Herald’s Alphonso Chardy reports.


Lawmakers table privatization of $1.6 billion Montana workers’ compensation insurance fund

Montana lawmakers on Friday put off further discussion on dismantling and privatizing the state’s massive workers compensation system, saying the task was too daunting to take up in the waning days of the legislative session.  The Associated Press’ Bobby Caina Calvan reports via USA Today.



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