Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Monday, May 16, 2016
May 16, 2016
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.
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.
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, TheRealDeal.com reports in this first of a five-part series.
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, FloridaPolitics.com reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In case drones weren’t insect-like enough, students at Stanford have created one that can stick to walls and ceilings like a spider, Mashable.com reports.
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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