Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, December 24, 2015

Dec 24, 2015

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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

There are no insurance-related events scheduled for today.

Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

Florida Supreme Court declines a new workers’ comp challenge

The business community is declaring a small victory after the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to consider the merits of another legal challenge to the state’s workers’ compensation system, Christine Sexton reports for Politico Florida.


Elections supervisors to court:  Decide Senate redistricting by March 15, please

Florida’s election supervisors are asking the courts to resolve the state Senate redistricting saga by March 15 to protect the “quality and integrity of the (voting) process.”  The Associated Press reports via


Expert:  Attorneys fees bill would “eviscerate” access to Florida’s public records

Floridians’ access to public records would be “eviscerated” by a bill that could put citizens on the hook for thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees if they are forced to take a city or other government agency to court to get public information.  Frank Fernandez reports for the Daytona Beach News-Journal.


Florida GOP touts its 2015 efforts to deliver 29 electoral votes in ’16

Florida Republican Party leaders say they have kept their eye on the ball – especially Florida’s 29 electoral votes.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Adam Smith reports on “The Buzz” blog.


Prediction:  Florida Will Gain Two U.S. House Seats in 2020

This week’s release by the U.S. Census Bureau of state-by-state population changes sparked instant predictions about which states will gain and lose House seats after the 2020 census.  Janet Adamy blogs for the Wall Street Journal.


Investigation Ongoing in Case of Woman Forcibly Removed From Florida Hospital

The type of blood clot revealed in the autopsy of a woman who died after being forcibly removed from a hospital is often “difficult to detect and can be impossible to treat,” hospital officials said Wednesday, while a lawyer representing the woman’s family insisted that both hospital staff and police were negligent.  The Associated Press’ Joe Reedy reports via ABC News.


Man in Capitol gyrocopter stunt to challenge Debbie Wasserman Schultz for Congress

A Florida man who landed a gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol as a political protest says he will run for the congressional seat held by U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is also chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.  Peter Schorsch reports on


Federal Court Decides That Uber-like Flight-Sharing Websites Are Illegal

Private pilots can’t offer flight-sharing services to the public using an Internet model similar to those developed by Uber and Lyft, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.  The Associated Press’ Sam Hananel reports via


A.M. BestTV:  How the Fed’s Rate Hike Affects the Insurance Industry

In the latest A.M.BestTV episode, a panel of economic, insurance and investment professionals examine the recent interest rate increase by the U.S. Federal Reserve and how might will affect various insurance sectors.  Click on to view the entire program.



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