Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Thursday, January 05, 2016

Jan 5, 2017



Panel seeks changes to Florida’s workers’ comp billing and new drug formulary

A state workers’ compensation advisory panel voted Wednesday to ask the Legislature to consider letting regulators establish a drug formulary, Michael Moline reports for


Survey finds dissatisfaction with Florida’s workers’ compensation system

How confident are stakeholders that Florida’s workers’ compensation system strikes the right balance between protecting injured workers while keeping costs under control?  Michael Moline reports for


Florida Governor Rick Scott to host inaugural ball in D.C.

Some Republicans who plan to attend the Friday inauguration have already booked flights for Thursday, which means they might miss the Wednesday night party, the Miami Herald’s Patricia Mazzei reports via “The Buzz” blog.


Major flaw in Florida’s newest red light cam analysis

Despite 108 fewer cameras at 48 fewer intersections statewide, the number of violations issued has actually climbed for a second straight year, according to Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.  Noah Pransky reports for WTSP-TV.


State of Florida experiments with carpool apps to cut traffic

The State of Florida looks forward to launching pilot tests this year for a ride-sharing application that will match drivers up with others travelling the same commute to promote carpooling. Camila Cepero reports for


Bills would eliminate tobacco companies’ discounted appeals

The Florida Legislature could consider legislation that would make it more expensive for tobacco companies to appeal verdicts in liability cases, Michael Moline reports for


Man alleges Florida disability benefits were wrongfully terminated despite satisfying conditions

A Broward County Florida man alleges his disability benefits were wrongfully terminated.  Wadi Reformado reports for the Florida Record.


Deputies:  Florida man claims he downed 18 beers, Xanax before setting house fire

A Florida man was arrested Wednesday after police said he vandalized a vacant house during the summer while high on Xanax and drunk on 18 beers.  WPXI-TV reports.


Florida pension fund projections could be too rosy

While Florida has a financially healthy state pension fund, a new report from the State’s Department of Management Services warns the $144 billion system is relying on a projected investment return that independent financial consultants say is too optimistic.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Lloyd Dunkelberger reports via


Florida Senate meeting on gun bills called off

The Senate canceled a meeting scheduled for Tuesday that was expected to include debate about a controversial measure that would expand how and where Florida’s more than 1.67 million concealed-weapons license holders can carry handguns.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via the Tallahassee Democrat.


Florida-Georgia water case official orders settlement talks

A court official on Tuesday ordered attorneys for Florida and Georgia to try again to settle a yearslong dispute over water use in the region.  Kathleen Foody reports for the Associated Press.


Blaise Ingoglia calls for plan to make Florida red permanently

Earlier this week, Republican Party of Florida chair Blaise Ingoglia issued a statement to his fellow State Executive Committee Members promising to roll out his next “aspirational vision” for the future of the party.  Mitch Perry reports for


Uber driver is employee, not freelancer: Swiss agency

An Uber driver is an employee for whom the company must pay social security contributions, a Swiss insurance agency has ruled, dealing a blow to the U.S. ride-hailing platform that says drivers are independent contractors.  Michael Shields reports for Reuters.


Response & Recovery Experts Take Center Stage at Oklahoma’s National Tornado Summit

National experts in disaster response, insurance and meteorology will share critical information at the 2017 National Tornado Summit.  The 6th annual event will be held February 14-15 in Oklahoma City.




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