Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Thursday, December 4, 2014

Dec 4, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.–Florida Citizens Property Insurance Claims Committee meeting.  Teleconference:  (866) 361-7525; participant code:  5219676193#.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


White House names Broward County a “Climate Action Champion”

The White House declared Broward County one of 16 local “Climate Action Champions” on Wednesday because of its commitment to reduce air pollution and prepare for rising seas, the Sun-Sentinel’s William Gibson reports.


Governor Scott visits USAA’s Tampa office to tout jobs

Governor Rick Scott strode into the courtyard at USAA’s Tampa office to thunderous applause from about 200 employees of the financial services company Wednesday night, the Tampa Bay Times reports.


Medicaid expansion by any other name may fly for Florida lawmakers

A coalition of business interests and private citizens, including some prominent Republicans, unveiled a plan on Wednesday to accept federal dollars to extend publicly funded healthcare coverage to nearly a million Floridians – without calling it “Medicaid expansion,” as envisioned under the Affordable Care Act.   Kathleen McGrory reports via the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog.


Florida Senate’s new power lineup has a familiar look

Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, announced the complete lineup of new Senate committee chairs and members Wednesday, and it has a very familiar look.  Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet reports on the “Naked Politics” blog.


Federal court affirms ruling that welfare recipient drug tests are unconstitutional

A federal appeals court on Wednesday dealt another blow to Governor Rick Scott’s crusade to conduct drug tests on welfare applicants and upheld a lower court ruling that the practice was unconstitutional.  Mary Ellen Klas reports via Tampa Bay Times’ “The Buzz” blog.


8,000 All Aboard Florida comments received by deadline

Some 8,000 comments about All Aboard Florida were submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration through Tuesday, one day before the end of a 75-day comment period, Arnie Rosenberg reports for


Amendment 1 funding a top local government legislative priority

A local government top priority for 2015 is how the funding that comes from the newly approved Amendment 1, which dedicates tax money toward land and water conservation and restoration efforts, will be used.


Banks Balk at Easing Dodd-Frank Capital Requirements for Insurers

After coming together to help Republicans retake Congress, the financial industry is splitting over the best strategy to accomplish its main goal of paring back the Dodd-Frank Act.  Bloomberg’s Cheyenne Hopkins reports via Insurance Journal.


Congress expected to pass short-term terrorism-insurance bill

A divided Congress is likely to approve a short-term extension by the end of the year for a key insurance program that protects U.S. businesses and workers from terrorism risk, Marketwatch reports via



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