Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Thursday, April 27, 2017

Apr 27, 2017


Florida House Advances Bill Targeting Claims Abuse, But Senate Battle Looms

A Bill aimed at Decreasing Insurance Claims Abuse in Florida has made it through the Florida House, and the Industry’s hope for Assignment of Benefits Reform now officially rests with the State Senate.  Amy O’Connor reports for Insurance Journal.


Florida Peninsula Insurance Company Launches Online System Offering Florida Homeowners Fast, Accurate Insurance Quotes

Florida Peninsula Insurance Company, one of Florida’s largest Homeowner Insurance Carriers, announced that the Company is now offering Floridians fast, accurate Online Homeowners Insurance Quotes.


Florida House Passes Bill Cracking Down on Sober Homes

The Proposed Legislation would be creating a Certification Program for Sober Homes based on the recommendations of a State-Funded Task Force that investigated Issues at Sober Homes last year.


Florida Passes Bill to Pay Boy Doused in Chemicals $3.75M

Florida’s Child Welfare Agency has been criticized for allowing Jorge and Carmen Barahona to adopt the children despite signs of Abuse.  The Associated Press reports.


Negron:  Under Budget Deal, House Gets K-12 Funding Priorities, Senate Gets Higher Ed, Reservoir Plan

In the Still-Fluid State Budget, the House is likely to achieve its push to fund a small increase for Public Schools without raising Local Taxes, while spending hundreds of millions on Charter Schools and Teacher Bonuses.  Jessica Bakeman reports for Politico Florida.

·         House and Senate Settle Budget Allotments, Appoint Conference Committees


Jeff Atwater Still Not Certain on Departure Date

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is still not certain when he will leave his current position and take a Post with Florida Atlantic University.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Jeremy Wallace reports for “The Buzz” blog.


Emergency Division Had To “Let a Few Folks Go” as Part of Reorganization

The Division plans for and responds to both Natural and Man-Made Disasters Statewide.  Bruce Ritchie reports for Politico Florida.


Despite Passage, Controversy Hangs Over Liquor Wall Bill

Randy Fine, a Brevard County Republican who Voted against Senate Bill 106, predicted that if it is signed into Law, “Every Gas Station in Florida” will be built at least 10,000 square feet.  Tia Mitchell reports for the Florida Times-Union.


Former Florida Legislator Pleads Guilty to Federal Tax Evasion

The 40-year-old Republican had represented the Miami Area in the Florida House of Representatives from 2008 to 2016. He left Office because of Term Limits.  The Associated Press reports via the Lakeland Ledger.


Uninsured Driver Bill Signed by Oklahoma Governor

Senate Bill 115 transfers oversight of the Compulsory Insurance Online Verification System for Motor Vehicle Liability Policies from the Department of Public Safety to the Oklahoma Insurance Department.  Insurance Journal reports.


Hamilton Re Announces Management Team Appointments

Hamilton Re, the Bermuda Platform of Hamilton Insurance Group, announced Appointment and Senior Role Changes in its Management Team.  Insurance Journal reports.


Startup Promises Homeowners Quote in 60 Seconds

Hippo launches in California with Expanded Coverage and Quick Quoting System.  Insurance Journal reports.




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