Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, May 28, 2015

May 28, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


There are no insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


FEMA Head Visits Miami Beach To Review Rising Seas Combat

As President Obama arrived in the Miami area on Wednesday afternoon, White House officials visited Miami Beach to talk sea-level rise and what the city is doing to prepare.  Joey Flechas reports for the Miami Herald.


Former Florida Highway Patrol Officer Pleads Guilty to Selling Accident Reports

A former Florida Highway Patrol trooper could get prison time after pleading guilty to an extortion charge for accepting bribes for selling confidential accident reports, the Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal. 


Hot-Button Health Issues Added to Special Session

When lawmakers return to the Capitol next week for a special session, they also will wade into a series of other controversial health-care issues, including a proposal to revamp insurance coverage for state workers and a push to overhaul some longstanding health-industry regulations.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Saunders explains via


Final challenge to Florida medical marijuana rule dismissed, licensing could start by summer

After months of legal wrangling and court battles, Florida is closer to allowing production of non-euphoric medical marijuana under the law known as “Charlotte’s Web” passed last year.’s Phil Ammann reports. 


Florida leads nation in number of new self-employed jobs

Florida created the most jobs with people working for themselves of any state in the nation, and positions in real estate and rentals led the way, the Associated Press reports via 


State of Florida abandons plan for one-stop business registration  portal

Florida lawmakers are pulling the plug on a planned Web portal intended to allow new businesses to register with all required state agencies and departments.  Ron Hurtibise reports for the Sun-Sentinel.


Flagler Judge to Rule on Vacation Rental Regulations

A judge will decide by Monday whether short-term vacation rental owners in Flagler County need more time to submit their applications that would allow for more people to lodge under the same roof.  Tony Holt reports for the Daytona Beach News-Journal.


Florida primary looking like a bad gamble for much of GOP 

For years, Florida Republicans have been trying to boost their state’s relevance in the battle for the GOP nomination. But their latest move — making the March 15 primary a winner-take-all contest — is showing signs of backfiring.  Eli Stokols reports for 

First Major California Insurer to Offer Ridesharing Endorsement

Farmers will become the first large California insurer to start offering a ridesharing insurance product on Thursday.  Insurance Journal’s Don Jergler reports.


Texas Lawmaker:  Not so Fast on Limiting Media Access to Records

The Texas lawmaker who wanted to bar media access to the names of people involved in traffic accidents now says it probably won’t survive a court challenge and will likely be dropped.  The Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal. 


Greenberg at 90:  Still Fighting and Angry After All These Years

Maurice “Hank” Greenberg spent some of his 90th birthday party like he’s spent much of the past decade:  angry.  Bloomberg’s Max Abelson and Sonali Basak’s interview with the legendary executive appears in Insurance Journal.








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