Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, November 16, 2015

Nov 16, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

Suit challenges core of Florida’s workers’ comp system

The latest workers’ compensation case accepted by the Florida Supreme Court may pose the biggest challenge yet to the state’s exclusive remedy provision.  Stephanie Goldberg reports for Business Insurance.


Miami-Dade to get #UberPool–New Uber Carpool Service

Uber is taking the next big step in trying to break Miami-Dade’s growing traffic congestion,’s Phil Ammann reports.


Lawmakers might resist Scott’s 2016 agenda

The large price tag of tax cuts, the resistance of hospitals to some of his ideas and the usual reluctance of lawmakers to take on major reforms in an election year all suggest Florida Governor Rick Scott could be facing a tough sell for his big-ticket items, the Orlando Sentinel’s Gray Rohrer reports.


Florida Supreme Court Cancels Medical Marijuana Amendment Hearing

The Florida Supreme Court has canceled a December 8 hearing it had scheduled to consider a measure to legalize medical marijuana, Insurance Journal reports.


Florida’s medical residency funding grows but can’t meet demand

Earlier this year, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed off on a new $100 million program that provides one-time $100,000 startup grants to create new residency positions in high-need specialties.  Tia Mitchell reports for the Florida Times-Union.


Florida’s “Business courts” take on complex corporate conflicts

In Miami, which created its Complex Business Litigation Court in 2006, “Business Court” cases must involve a dispute of more than $150,000 and meet other criteria, Jenny Bergal reports for the Lakeland Ledger.


Bets may be off elsewhere, but Florida lawmakers receptive to online fantasy sports industry

While other major states turn up the regulatory heat on the fast-growing fantasy sports industry, top Florida officials and regulators have been reluctant to weigh in, Mary Ellen Klas and Jeremy Wallace report for the Tampa Bay Times.


Amendment could dissolve, merge Florida school districts

Legislation introduced by Florida Senator Jeff Brandes and State Representative Matt Caldwell would empower the Florida Legislature to abolish existing school districts. It would also present the opportunity for creation of school districts in “any contiguous area of the state.”  Tom McLaughlin reports for the Northwest Florida Daily News.


Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance to Shed More Policies in 2016

Louisiana’s property insurer of last resort expects to shift about 10,000 policies to private insurance companies for 2016, a move that will reduce premiums by roughly $20 million, Insurance Journal reports.


Illinois Department of Insurance Reports “Inadvertent Data Release”

The Illinois Department of Insurance reported that it mistakenly allowed the Social Security numbers of some health care providers to be posted publicly.  Insurance Journal notes the development. 




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