Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Thursday, May 04, 2017

May 4, 2017


One Element of the Workers’ Compensation Fix Headed to the Governor

It’s not the big banana, but a small piece of Workers’ Compensation Reform is on its way to Governor Rick Scott.’s Michael Moline reports.


Florida Woman Smashes Herself in the Head with Sprinkler to Fake Workers’ Comp Injury

A Florida Energy Company was left in shock after viewing some incriminating footage taken of one of its Employees in August 2016.  Sarah Caskie reports for the Independent Journal Review.


Rick Scott Declares Florida’s Opioid Epidemic is a Statewide Emergency

An Emergency Declaration gives Scott the power to spend immediately without the Legislature’s Approval and for Public Health Officials to move quickly to respond to a Crisis.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Michael Auslen reports.


Florida Blue Health Plan Resolving Multiple Withdrawal Error

Florida Blue says it’s resolved an Error that caused Multiple Withdrawals to be taken from the Bank Accounts of nearly 10,000 Consumers to pay their May Health Insurance Premium.  The Associated Press reports via


Florida Legislature Agrees to Pay Millions for Lost Citrus

Florida Legislators have agreed to Pay Millions to Homeowners in Two Counties whose Healthy Citrus Trees were torn down in a failed attempt to eradicate Citrus Canker.  The Associated Press reports.


When Sea Level Rise Becomes a Certainty, Not a Possibility

The Pages near the front and back of certain glossy magazines are filled with Ads for Luxurious Condominiums, many in New York and South Florida.  Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College Executive Director David Klemet writes for the Bradenton Herald.


Florida Legislature has Budget on Track for Monday Approval

There are still a few details to be worked out, according to the Budget Chiefs for the House and Senate, but nothing is expected to derail the emerging deal. The grinding pace of negotiations has already forced Lawmakers into Legislative Overtime.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Brandon Larrabee reports via the Palm Beach Post.


Scott Hints at Vetoing Entire $83B Budget, Criticizes Lack of “Sunshine”

For almost two months, Scott refused to say if he would Veto the entire Florida Budget for next year if State Legislators gutted spending for Tourism Marketing and Financial Incentives for Businesses to Relocate to the Sunshine State.  Marc Caputo reports for Politico Florida.


Call It a Comeback:  Alex Diaz de la Portilla Files to Run for SD 40 Special Election

Diaz de la Portilla is no stranger to Florida Politics. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1994-2000 and then transitioned into the Florida Senate, where he represented Florida’s 36th District from 2000-2010.   Allison Nielsen reports for


Here’s Richard Corcoran’s Timeline for Governor Race

As Florida House Speaker he should be able to raise big money from Companies and Individuals with Legislative Interests, but he at least initially will be raising it for a nebulous purpose.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Adam Smith reports for “The Buzz” blog.


Florida Drinking Water Ranks Among Nation’s Worst, Study Finds

More Floridians are exposed to Unsafe Drinking Water than just about anywhere in the Country, according to a New Study of Violations.  The Miami Herald’s Jenny Staletovich reports.


Texas Seeks Property Insurers’ Catastrophe Area Premium Data

The Texas Department of Insurance has issued a Special Data Call to Companies writing Direct Commercial Property or Business Owners Insurance in Texas during Calendar year 2016, seeking information that would help the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association calculate Participation Shares in Case Assessments are required in 2017.  Insurance Journal reports.


California Insurer Groups and Insurance Department Battle over Auto Repair Survey Bill

A California Bill that could affect Auto Repair Costs is making its way through State Legislature, and one Group that’s happy about that is the Association of California Insurance Companies.  Insurance Journal’s Don Jergler reports.


How Credit Score Effect on Home Insurance Premiums Varies by State

The InsuranceQuotes Study found that Policyholders with Fair Credit pay an Average of 36 percent more for Home Insurance than those with Excellent Credit. That’s up from a 32 percent increase in 2015 and 29 percent in 2014, Insurance Journal reports.




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