Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, June 11, 2015

Jun 11, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Miami Researchers Studying Hurricanes by Creating On-Demand Storms

Researchers trying to figure out what makes some hurricanes strengthen into catastrophic monsters have a new lab that allows them to generate tropical storm conditions with the flip of a switch.  The Associated Press’ Jennifer Kay reports via Insurance Journal.


Judge denies Governor Scott’s request for mediation over LIP program

A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request from Governor Rick Scott that the court intervene in the state’s ongoing negotiations with healthcare regulators over the extension and revamping of a $1 billion government program that pays hospitals for caring for uninsured and under-insured patients.  The Miami Herald’s Dan Chang reports via “The Buzz” blog.


Governor Scott signs 55 bills into law

Governor Rick Scott on Wednesday signed 55 bills into law.  The Palm Beach Post reports the full list via


Gardiner Anticipates Budget Vote June 19

Senate President Andy Gardiner gave us a glimpse into how close lawmakers are to a budget compromise this morning, the Tallahassee Democrat’s Sean Rossman reports.


What’s Behind the Republican Clash in the Legislature

Florida State University political scientist Dr. Carol Weissert sat down with WLRN to talk about the conflict between the chambers this year.


Florida Lawmakers Pump Up Prisons Budget

House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement during a special legislative session on much of the Department of Corrections’ $2.3 billion budget, which includes a $43 million increase over the current-year spending.   THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Dara Kam reports via


Ex-Lieutenant Governor Carroll won’t fight ethics charge, issues statememt

Former Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll said Wednesday she won’t challenge a preliminary finding by the Commission on Ethics that she twice violated ethics laws by filing inaccurate financial disclosure forms that omitted her income from a veterans’ charity.  Steve Bousquet reports for the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog.


Miller Confirmed as Pennsylvania’s Insurance Commissioner

Pennsylvania’s Senate unanimously confirmed Teresa Miller as the state’s insurance commissioner.  Miller was appointed to the commissioner post by Governor Tom Wolf and has been serving as the state’s acting insurance commissioner following the governor’s inauguration on January 20, Insurance Journal reports.


Protecting a Legend:  Insurance Costs Behind a Triple Crown Winner

As American Pharoah rests in his stall at Churchill Downs, recovering from his Triple Crown victory, his connections will be mapping out the horse’s next moves. Trainer Bob Baffert and owner Ahmed Zayat have already said the colt will continue to run this year, and the declaration has some wondering-how expensive is it to insure a newly-minted sports legend running at 35 miles per hour?  The Paulick Report’s Natalie Voss delves into the cost.



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