Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Monday, May 5, 2014
May 5, 2014
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There are no insurance-related events scheduled today.
The Florida legislature has approved legislation setting out new insurer solvency requirements while also requiring individuals to disclose information about any affiliated company, Insurance Journal’s Michael Adams reports.
Florida legislators passed a $77 billion budget, voted to legalize a non-euphoric form of medicinal marijuana, supported in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants and adjourned their election-year session in the customary burst of good feelings this past Friday night, The Florida Current reports.
- Highlights from Florida’s new $77.1-billion budget
- Scott gets tax cut package on Session’s last day
- 2014 Session built to promote Governor Rick Scott’s re-election
- Florida Governor to tout tax cuts approved by legislators
- GOP leaders use election-year session to improve “compassionate” image
- 2014 Legislative Session Winner: State Representative Matt Hudson, Alzheimer’s Advocates
- 2014 Legislative Session Winner: Older Floridians And Their Families
- 2014 Legislative Session Winner: The Everglades Foundation
- 2014 Legislative Session Loser: Small Business Military Contractors
- 2014 Legislative Session Loser: Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority
The Tampa Bay Times reviews major 2014 legislation.
- THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reviews the 2014 Session
- Lawmakers Reach Out to Undocumented Immigrants
- Sine Die disconnects telemedicine, lawmakers fail to address trauma dispute
- “Charlotte’s Web” legislation goes to Governor
- Tax credit scholarship bill passes the House and heads to Governor
- Human trafficking bill moves on to Governor’s desk
- Sports stadium tax breaks bill headed to Governor Rick Scott
Outgoing Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford moved quickly to quell this talk of his being selected as the next Republican Party of Florida Chairman, SaintPetersBlog.com’s Peter Schorsch notes.
Canadian smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry, which has found itself on the wrong end of a number of patent cases, scored a win in a Florida court, Jeff Jedras reports for ComputerDealerNews.com.
A handful of Southwest Florida’s wealthiest residents and business owners have legally skirted millions of dollars in documentary stamp taxes – levied on all deeds that change hands in Florida – through a loophole in the collections system, Josh Salman reports for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Twenty percent of working mothers in the U.S. with infants or toddlers work in jobs that pay $10.10 or less an hour. In Florida, that statistic is slightly higher at 21.1 percent, Meredith Rutland reports for the Florida Times-Union.
The Iowa Supreme Court has sided with an insurance company after one of its clients took it to court over uninsured motorist coverage in connection with a 2008 accident where he was struck from behind, Jeff Reinitz reports for the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier.
The jury found Samsung guilty of copying key iPhone features while Apple was also found guilty of infringing one of Samsung’s patents in creating the iPhone 4 and 5. The jury awarded Samsung $158,400 and Apple $119.46, Associated Press reports via the New York Daily News.
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