Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, September 15, 2015

Sep 14, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

  • Florida Automobile Joint Underwriting Association (“FAJUA”) Committee meetings.  Tampa, Florida.  To view the meeting notice, click here.
    • 3:00 p.m.–Producer Review Committee
    • 3:30 p.m.–Audit/Budget/Finance Committee



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Scott will appeal FEMA decision to deny disaster declaration for Tampa Bay

Florida Governor Rick Scott on Friday appealed a decision by President Barack Obama’s administration to turn down the state’s request for a federal disaster declaration for the August rains that flooded the Tampa Bay region.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Jeremy Wallace reports via “The Buzz” blog.


Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Approves Removal of Up to 184,500 Policies from Citizens

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has approved the removal of up to 181,909 personal residential policies and 2,591 commercial residential/non-residential polices from Citizens Property Insurance Corporation.


Florida too selective in target for insurance outrage

The Governor and Legislature should want to know if Floridians are being overcharged for insurance.  They do.  But they don’t want to know about property insurance, says Randy Schultz in this Sun-Sentinel editorial opinion.


Uber fight growing fast and furious in Florida

Developments in the battle over regulating new, freelance-based ride-for-hire companies in Florida are coming fast and furious this month.  The Palm Beach Post’s Eliot Kleinberg reports.


Florida Among Most State Without Liability Insurance Requirements, Coverage for Aircraft Owners

Minnesota is the only state that requires almost all general aviation aircraft owners to have a minimum liability insurance coverage, the U.S. Government Accountability Office reports.


Still stinging from last blowup, state House, Senate return to Capitol

After an ugly blowup ended last month’s special session on congressional redistricting, the House and Senate return to the Capitol for the first time this week.  John Kennedy reports for the Palm Beach Post.

Corcoran has legislative reforms in mind when he leads Florida House

State Representative Richard Corcoran, from Land O’Lakes in Pasco County, will be designated speaker of the Florida House on Wednesday for the two-year term beginning in November 2016, the Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports.


Ingoglia lays out Florida GOP’s 2016 strategy

 In a nearly hour-long presentation, Republican Party of Florida chairman Blaise Ingoglia laid out his plan to develop the party’s data capabilities and expand its base heading into a presidential election cycle not often kind to Republicans.  Matt Dixon reports for


Florida Sued Again Over Public Records Handling

Two telecommunications companies contend in a new lawsuit that the administration of Governor Rick Scott is flouting the state’s public records law, the Associated Press reports via the Tampa Tribune.


Funding shortage leads to backlogged crime labs, aging patrol vehicles and huge law enforcement turnover

Florida’s law enforcement agencies are struggling under the weight of more demands on their time and not enough money to keep pace.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Jeremy Wallace reports via “The Buzz” blog.


Senator Hukill Files Communications Services Tax Bill

Florida Senator Dorothy Hukill has filed legislation to further drop the state tax on cellphone service and cable and satellite television.  Jim Rosica reports for


Florida Building Ports, Airports–Is it Enough?

With Florida on pace to host a record 100 million visitors this year, the state’s tourism infrastructure is being challenged like never before, the Associated Press explains via


Winner-take-all Florida primary could hurt Jeb Bush

In late 2014, GOP leaders in Florida were pretty certain of a couple of things:  Marco Rubio would never run for president if his mentor, Jeb Bush, did; and if either ran, he would be a lock to win Florida’s Republican presidential primary.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Adam Smith analyzes.




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