Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, September 21, 2015

Sep 21, 2015


Above:  Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty is honored with the Florida Association for Insurance Reform’s Lifetime Achievement Award on September 17, 2015 at the Kovens Conference Center at Miami International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami.  From left to right:  Florida Senator Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth; McCarty; Colodny Fass’ Tom Gallagher, former Florida Insurance Commissioner; and Jay Neal,  President and CEO of Florida Association for Insurance Reform (Photo Credit:  Sun-Sentinel)



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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Florida Insurance Commissioner honored with lifetime achievement award

Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Florida Association for Insurance Reform’s Third Annual awards dinner Thursday night.  Ron Hurtibise reports for the Sun-Sentinel.


Florida Citizens Property Insurance commercial rate hikes lower than requested

Commercial customers of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will see smaller increases than requested by the state-run “insurer of last resort.”  Commercial rate increases were approved last week by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation and take effect February 1.  The Sun-Sentinel’s Ron Hurtibise reports via


Florida Judge Orders State to Clarify Uber Insurance Requirements

Florida taxi companies may finally get the answer they are looking for from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles regarding minimum insurance requirements for transportation network companies operating in the state.’s Amy O’Connor reports via Insurance Journal.


Dana Young says she’s all-in on Uber debate

House Republican Leader Dana Young has stood aside while other lawmakers tried to suss out how to regulate hired-car outfits like Uber and Lyft.  But her time on the sidelines is over, she told James Rosica of


You can get cited in Florida for a cracked windshield

Motorists can get pulled over for a cracked windshield because it is a primary offense. The language in Florida’s law makes it illegal, citing your vehicle as unsafe for driving, Ryan Harper reports for


Dwight Dudley files bill that would lead to independent redistricting commission

On Friday, St. Petersburg Democratic Representative Dwight Dudley filed his bill (HJR 201) that would establish a bipartisan redistricting commission in Florida, which  would be responsible for drawing political boundaries for Congress and the Florida Legislature, Mitch Perry reports for


Out-of-state lawyer proposal not likely to fly

A proposal that would let out-of-state lawyers get licensed in Florida without taking the state’s Bar exam is likely dead, but that didn’t stop opponents from piling on during a Florida Bar meeting Friday.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Dara Kam reports via


Report:  Florida among “least fair” for state taxes nationwide

Florida might have one of the perks of no state income tax, but according to one personal finance website, the Sunshine State has among the “least fair” state tax systems in the United States.  The Miami Herald’s Kristin M. Clark reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


Massachusetts Senate Panel Examines Recent Hike in Homeowners’ Insurance Rates

The Massachusetts Senate Post Audit and Oversight Committee has called insurance company officials and state regulators to testify at a public hearing on Tuesday, WCVB-TV reports.


Delaware Court Raising Standards for Class Actions Against Mergers

A Delaware judge signaled on Thursday that the rules are changing for shareholder class actions challenging corporate mergers, which are widely criticized for reaping millions dollars in lawyers’ fees while rarely generating a penny for investors.  Reuters’ Tom Hals reports via Insurance Journal.




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