Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Thursday, May 12, 2016

May 12, 2016


Florida Auto Insurance Premiums Increase Despite Law to Lower Them

It’s been four years since reforms were put into place with promises that auto insurance premiums would go down.  Florida drivers pay some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country. Instead the NBC 6 Investigators found premiums have gone up.


Edison Insurance Launches Online Quoting System for Florida Homeowners Coverage

Edison Insurance Co. has launched an online quoting system that offers specific premium quotes for homeowners insurance coverage in Florida, Insurance Journal reports.


Rick Scott to Meet with Congressional Leaders to Discuss Zika Preparedness

Governor Rick Scott met with Congressional leaders on Zika preparedness on Wednesday, reports.


Major Changes Proposed for Scott’s Cherished Job Recruiting Agency

Governor Rick Scott’s cherished job recruiting agency is about to undergo significant change after the Legislature rebuffed him on his top legislative priority.   The Miami Herald’s Jeremy Wallace reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


Largest Food Stamp Fraud Bust in US History Announced after Flea Market Raid in Opa-Locka

Federal charges were filed against 22 retail store owners or operators in connection with schemes to illegally redeem food stamp benefits for cash, WPTV reports.


Hundreds of Thousands Have Lost Food Stamps in Florida

During last year’s legislative session, Florida passed a law that prevented the Department of Children and Families, which administers SNAP in Florida, from asking for a waiver from food stamp work requirements in areas of high unemployment.   Instead DCF would have to get legislative approval.  Wilson Sayre reports for WUSF.


Adelson Cash to Fight Florida Pot Law Tops Campaign Spending in U.S.

While Orlando lawyer John Morgan may be identified with Florida’s effort to legalize medical marijuana, the biggest figure in the campaign apparently is an opponent — Las Vegas casino titan Sheldon Adelson.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via the Palm Beach Post.


Flores, Korge Slug It Out For Senate Seat

Senator Anitere Flores, R-Miami, raised $81,335 last month for what is expected to be a fierce campaign in a South Florida Senate district, bringing her overall total to more than $600,000, according to a newly filed finance report.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via


Rick Scott to Travel to Louisiana for Job Hunting Trip this Summer

Scott announced Wednesday he plans to embark on an economic trade mission to Louisiana this summer. He made the announcement during the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors meeting, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster reports for





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