Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, October 2, 2015

Nov 2, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

  • Monday, November 2
    • 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.–Florida Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance meeting.  To view the meeting packet, click here.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

In Court Filing, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Approves of Uber’s Insurance Carrier

The Uber ride-sharing service has faced sharp questioning from authorities about its insurance policies for its drivers in the year and a half it has been operating in Florida. However, there may finally be an answer.  Mitch Perry reports for


Price-gouging complaints cite doctors, hospitals and Scott

The 85 people who submitted complaints to a government portal in the days following Governor Rick Scott’s request for “hospital price gouging” stories complained about nearly everything, from the costs of dental care, to unexpected bills from emergency room physicians to increasing costs of automobile and health insurance.  Christine Sexton reports for


House Offers New Map in Florida Senate Redistricting

The Florida House of Representatives will begin its work on a new set of Senate maps next week, and it already appears as if state lawmakers will be looking at changing a proposal passed by the Senate this week.  Allison Nielsen reports for


Richard Corcoran, former Maro Rubio chief of staff, endorses Jeb Bush for president

When Jeb Bush campaigns through the Sunshine State on Monday he will be joined by a powerful Florida politician many will be surprised to see at his side.’s Peter Schorsch reports.


Florida files federal lawsuit to shut down Seminoles’ blackjack tables

State officials are demanding the Seminole Tribe of Florida immediately shut down its blackjack tables, notes the Sun-Sentinel report.


More Stand Your Ground Mischief in Florida

The Florida Legislature is returning to the state’s notorious Stand Your Ground law to make it even easier for defendants to use it as a shield for intimidating and shooting people, the New York Times Editorial Board writes..


Palm Beach’s 33480 ZIP code fifth in U.S. in 2016-election giving

A year ahead of the 2016 election, Palm Beach County donors have already pumped about $13 million into the presidential race, with most of it going to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.  George Bennett reports for the Palm Beach Post.


Florida’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary will be long and nasty

Senator Bill Nelson delivered the biggest understatement during a weekend-long state Democratic Party convention that was supposed to fire up activists for next year’s election, the Associated Press reports via the Tampa Tribune


Almost a year-and-a-half after approval, a form of medical marijuana still not available in Florida

Almost a year and a half since Governor Rick Scott and state lawmakers legalized a form of medical marijuana, the latest deadline for making it available to Floridians has gone up in smoke.  The Palm Beach Post’s John Kennedy reports via the “Post on Politics” blog.


Cloud-Based Infrastructure Not Taxable in Florida

Court decisions in seven states-Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia and Wyoming-have ruled at least some parts of cloud computing exempt from taxation, reports.


In Arbitration, a “Privatization of the Justice System”

From birth to death, the use of arbitration has crept into nearly every corner of Americans’ lives, encompassing moments like having a baby, going to school, getting a job, buying a car, building a house and placing a parent in a nursing home.  Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Michael Corkery write for the New York Times’ “DealBook” Blog.  




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