Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Thursday, February 01, 2018

Feb 1, 2018

Patriot National Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

In Accordance with a previously-Agreed Restructuring Plan with Lenders, Patriot National, Inc., an Insurance Technology and Outsourcing Firm, has officially Filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection and Reorganization.  Insurance Journal reports.

Brett Favre Cuts PSA Warning Against Distracted Driving In Florida

While Distracted Driving from Smartphone Use is leading to even more car accidents and deaths, Florida remains one of only four States in the U.S. where Texting-While-Driving is a Secondary Offense, meaning Law Enforcement Officers can just cite a Motorist if they’ve committed another moving violation.  Mitch Perry reports for

Grieving Tennessee Dad Buys Local Pre-Super Bowl Ad To Reach Trump On Florida Guardrail Safety

A man says a Defective Guardrail caused his 17-year-old Daughter’s Death in 2016.  The Palm Beach Post’s George Bennett reports via the “Post on Politics” blog.

His Daughter Died in an Airboat Accident. He Hopes a New Law Prevents More Tragedies.

Florida Commercial Airboat Tours are largely unregulated, without Licenses for Operators or specific Safety Courses.  Elizabeth Koh reports for the Tampa Bay Times “The Buzz” blog.

5 in U.S., 2 in Italy Arrested Over $21M Opioid “Pill Mills” Scheme in Florida, Tennessee

Two people in Italy and Five U.S. Residents have been Charged in a Fraud and Drug Trafficking Conspiracy to distribute Opioids in Florida and Tennessee, leading to hundreds of deaths, Federal Prosecutors said last month.  The Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal.

Steube’s Push to Abolish Local Tree Protections Hits Roadblock

Steube has criticized some of the Tree Protections adopted by Municipalities, including Sarasota County and the City of Sarasota, and said Private Property Owners should be able to do what they want with the trees on their land.  Zac Anderson reports for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Under House Budget Plan, No Public School Funding Without Corcoran Education Bill

The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday adopted a Spending Plan that would allocate about $8.3 Billion in State Funding for Public Schools only if an already-controversial omnibus Education Bill becomes Law.  Jessica Bakeman reports for WLRN.

Pam Bondi Opens Investigation Into Fake Social Media Followers

Fake Followers Beware: Attorney General Pam Bondi is investigating “Recent Allegations of Social Media Identity Theft involving West Palm Beach Company Devumi and related Company Bytion.”  Jim Rosica reports for

Florida Senate OKs Bill Banning Forced Child Marriages

A Woman who was forced to marry her Rapist when she was 11 helped inspire the Florida Senate to unanimously pass a Bill Wednesday that would end Child Marriage in the State.  Brendan Farrington reports for the Associated Press.

Surplus Lines Market Had a Record Breaking Year in 2017

The Southern Region of the U.S. Reported the largest Total Premium at $11.8 Billion.  Insurance Journal reports.

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