Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Monday, May 16, 2016

May 16, 2016


State Farm Secrecy Ruling Baffles Advocates, Company Stops Talking

Consumer advocates are scratching their heads over a Florida judge’s ruling that would let State Farm — and potentially every other property insurer in the state — hide information that has been public for years.  The Palm Beach Post’s Charles Elmore posts the ruling on the “Protecting Your Pocket” Blog.


Census:  Three Central Florida Counties among Highest with Uninsured Adults

Nearly half the counties in Florida, including Orange, Osceola and Volusia, have a high percentage of adults without health insurance, according to new estimates released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau.  The Associated Press reports via the Orlando Sentinel.


How is Miami Dealing with Airbnb’s Growth?

Miami ranks in Airbnb’s top five markets in the U.S., behind New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston. From October 2014 to September 2015, more than 55 percent of the $2.4 billion generated by Airbnb was captured in those five cities, reports in this first of a five-part series.


Former State Representative Adam Hasner Among Florida GOP Delegates

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia has selected the 15 delegates and 15 alternates chosen as at-large delegates who had yet to be determined to be part of the state’s contingent of  99 delegates that will represent the Sunshine State at the Republican National Convention, which include former Miami-Dade State Representative Adam Hasner, reports.


Florida’s Growth of “Dark Money” Political Groups Follows National Trend

Political groups that have formed new “dark money” organizations in Florida to shield political spending from public view, a nonpartisan research organization says.   The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports via “The Buzz” blog.


South Florida’s Legislative Primary Races take Shape

The deadline to qualify as a state legislative candidate is just over a month away, but most who plan to run have already filed because of the time, effort and money needed to mount a successful campaign, the Sun-Sentinel’s Dan Sweeney reports.


Trump uses Scott’s Playbook for White House run

While Donald Trump works to unify the Republican Party behind his presumed nomination, Florida Governor Rick Scott is calling on GOP leaders and voters to help Trump secure the White House, the Tallahassee Democrat’s James Call reports.


Is Florida’s Economy More Diverse?

Sarasota Herald-Tribune columnist Lloyd Dunkelberger asks whether there are signs of a transformational change in the state’s economy, which has long been reliant on growth and tourism as its mainstays.


PCI Analysis Shows where Accident Costs have Risen the Most

Washington, D.C., had the greatest increase in accident-related expenses in the US last year at 12.2%, a PCI analysis found.  The District is followed by Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts and Nevada, where accident costs rose at least 8%, PCI says.


Dog Bites Insurer

This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week® (certainly a noble cause).  To celebrate this “occasion,” the Insurance Information Institute published the most recently available dog-bite statistics, Insurance Journal’s Christopher Boggs reports.


Students Create a Drone that can Perch on the Ceiling Like a Spider

In case drones weren’t insect-like enough, students at Stanford have created one that can stick to walls and ceilings like a spider, reports.


Federal Rules in Place for Small-Business Crowdfunding

Rules implementing the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act go into effect Monday, Crain’s Miami reports.  The Securities and Exchange Commission dubbed the rules “regulation crowdfunding” because a public offering would require following a set of rules. 





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