Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, May 1
May 1, 2014
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Florida’s 2014 Regular Legislative Session
Legislation prohibiting insurers from using credit checks to deny claims and creating a “homeowner claims bill of rights” is headed to Governor Rick Scott’s desk after passing through the House on Wednesday, reports The Florida Current.
As torrential rains pummeled the Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama on Wednesday, with heavy flooding and forced evacuations, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America urged residents to follow all warnings issued by local officials, Phil Ammann reported for SaintPetersBlog.com.
Three years after lawmakers nixed local government regulations of vacation rental properties, cities and counties could soon be able to implement noise ordinances and other rules for properties with frequent rentals, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.
Construction companies and other businesses issued a stop work order from the state for not carrying enough workers’ compensation insurance will be able to get back to work faster under a bill passed unanimously by the Senate on Wednesday, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.
The Florida Senate rejected one of House Speaker Will Weatherford’s top priorities Wednesday, spiking a long-debated plan to make more public employees take the optional investment retirement plan instead of the traditional monthly pension payout, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.
Florida water managers and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers resolved a two-year stalemate Wednesday that has delayed two critical Everglades restoration projects, the Miami Herald’s Jenny Stoletavich reports.
Lenny Curry, currently exploring a bid to become Jacksonville mayor, is announcing on Thursday he will step down as chair of the Florida Republican Party. Peter Schorsch of SaintPetersBlog.com notes the Florida Times-Union story.
In a party line vote, the House approved a measure Wednesday that would let voters decide to let the winner of the 2014 gubernatorial election pick successors to three justices on the Florida Supreme Court slated to retire on January 8, 2019, the same day the Governor’s term ends, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.
Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist has a 10-point lead over Governor Rick Scott, whose recent barrage of television advertising blasting his predecessor seems to have missed the mark, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.
If there ever was an indicator of how the Senate will vote on the immigrant in-state tuition bill, Wednesday’s tally on a strike-all amendment would be it, The Florida Current’s Arek Sarkissian reports.
A bill dealing with local referendums on growth management passed the House yesterday without debate and is headed to the Governor, The Florida Current’s Bruce Ritchie reports.
Colodny Fass& Webb’s Howard Talenfeld won a long-fought victory yesterday as Florida lawmakers passed a bill requiring the state to provide attorneys to approximately 1,400 Florida foster children with special needs, the Associated Press reports via the Miami Herald.
While Governor Rick Scott celebrates his re-election kickoff, his former No.2 told Jim Schoettler of the Florida Times-Union she feels cheated by the governor and his inner circle for abandoning her over a year ago, when they forced Carroll to resign. Peter Schorsch of SaintPetersBlog.com notes the story.
Starting Thursday, Internet giant Amazon.com will start charging sales tax on purchases in Florida, the Miami Herald’s Ina Paiva Cordle reports.
As expected, legislation was introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate Tuesday to clarify that federal regulators must use state-based metrics in overseeing insurance companies, reports Arthur Postal for National Underwriter’s PropertyCasualty360.com.
Walmart has partnered with AutoInsurance.com in an attempt to offer affordable coverage to its customers, MyNewMarkets.com’s Amy O’Conner reports via Insurance Journal.
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