Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Thursday, July 24, 2014

Jul 24, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Researchers at Fort Pierce USDA lab close to breakthrough in fight against citrus greening

Researchers are turning up the heat on the deadly disease that’s killing Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry, Ryan Raiche reports for WFTS-TV.


Nearly 1 million Floridians due refunds by insurers

Nearly 1 million Floridians could receive a small refund from their insurance carrier this summer because the provider did not spend enough on patient care or quality improvement, Laura Green reports in the “Post on Politics” blog.


Another court challenge targets Florida PIP car insurance law

Another court action is seeking to declare 2012 changes in Florida’s car insurance system unconstitutional — the latest whack at a law that slashes nonemergency Personal Injury Protection benefits to $2,500, Charles Elmore reports for the Palm Beach Post via Insurance News Net.


Florida Court Authorizes Higher Ambulance Fee For Out-of-State Visitors, Opening Revenue Door

Rejecting arguments that the policy is unconstitutional, a state appeals court said Wednesday that the city of Miami can charge an extra $100 when its rescue crews transport non-residents to hospitals for emergency care, reports.


Senate Democratic leader to Rick Scott:  Examine all tax-incentive deals, not just Crist’s

Almost as soon as Gov. Rick Scott’s administration announced it would sue a firm to recoup $20 million in a Charlie Crist-era deal, the leader of the Senate Democrats, Fort Lauderdale’s Chris Smith, said Florida should broaden its focus.  The Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo posts Senator Smith’s email and letter on the “Naked Politics” blog.


On eve of redistricting hearing, group asks for new election dates; Legislature calls move “ambush”

In a move the Legislature called an “ambush,” a coalition of plaintiffs asked a judge Wednesday to change the 2014 election dates to ensure there is time to redraw the state’s congressional districts, Matt Dixon reports on the “Political Fix Florida” blog.


Adrian Wyllie a Factor in Florida Governor’s Race, But Can He Be a Contender?

Libertarian Adrian Wyllie was the big winner of Wednesday’s Quinnipiac University poll looking at the Florida gubernatorial race, Jeff Henderson reports for


The 10 Counties Likeliest to Swing the Scott-Crist Race for Governor

This fall, it is safe to predict the election for Governor of Florida will be among the most watched races around the country, writes Bob Sparks for


Politics of gay marriage snare Marco Rubio, David Jolly

The increasingly delicate politics of gay marriage emerged Wednesday as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio defended “traditional” marriage while accommodating other views during a speech and U.S. Rep. David Jolly came under withering attack in Pinellas County for speaking out in support of same-sex couples’ right to wed.  Alex Leary and Adam Smith report for Tampa Bay Times.


Candidates take anti-gambling pledge

The Orlando-based No Casinos in Florida group on Wednesday released the list of candidates running for the Florida Legislature who took their anti-gambling pledges, James Rosica reports on the “Political Fix Florida” blog.


New York firm seeking sponsors to erect miniature billboards on Florida state trails

It’s unclear what companies, if any, are willing to shell out cash for miniature billboards on state trails, James Rosica reports on the “Political Fix Florida” blog.


Report:  MetLife SIFI vote could come in a week

MetLife could be designated a systemically important financial institutions (SIFI) as early as next week, Bloomberg News said today.  National Underwriters’ Arthur Postal reports for



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