Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Thursday, November 02, 2017

Nov 2, 2017

Florida homeowners need break from assignment-of-benefits lawsuits

The damage from AOB litigation is clear, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform Executive Vice President Harold Kim explains in the Sun-Sentinel.

Al Lawson makes big push for Jacksonville flood mitigation

U.S. Representative Al Lawson represents a big swath of North Florida from Tallahassee to Jacksonville, and in the wake of Irma, the first-term Democrat noted Jacksonville’s historic flooding.  A.G. Gancarski reports for

Orange, Osceola, Seminole leaders urge Florida, FEMA to plan better for Puerto Rican refugees

Confusion and concern are mounting as Central Florida governments working with Puerto Rican and Virgin Island evacuees await direction from state and federal officials, leaders of Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties warned.  Scott Powers reports for

Nursing home generator requirement faces battle in Legislature

Although Govermpr Rick Scott wants to require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators and enough fuel to cool their buildings for 96 hours, legislative leaders on didn’t publicly commit to supporting such a mandate.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Christine Sexton reports via the Sun-Sentinel.

Florida Reports More Than $9 Million Recovered for Insurance Consumers in Q3

Assistance provided to Floridians by from Florida’s insurance consumer helpline led to the recovery of nearly $9.3 million in the third quarter of 2017, according to a statement from Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Insurance Journal reports.

Baez resigns Florida House seat

Coral Gables Democratic State Representative Daisy Baez has officially resigned her seat in the Florida Legislature as part of her agreement to plead guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge in a case over her legal residency, The Miami Herald’s Patricia Mazzei reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.

Scramble on to fill Clemens’ Senate seat

Democratic state Senator Jeff Clemens’ abrupt resignation this past week in a Tallahassee sex scandal has created a windfall for political consultants while potentially leaving Clemens’ former constituents in Palm Beach County without representation through the entire 2018 legislative session.  George Bennett reports for the Palm Beach Post.

Who gets to appoint 3 new Florida justices, Rick Scott or the next governor?

The traditionally staid justices in black robes on Florida’s Supreme Court got emotional and animated Wednesday as lawyers asked them to weigh in on something more intimate than what usually comes before them: their jobs.   The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports.

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine Jumps into 2018 Governor’s Race

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is hoping to take his mayoral experience all the way to the Florida Capitol, Allison Nielsen reports for

Florida Governor Rick Scott seeks to raise threshold for passing tax hikes

Florida Governor Rick Scott wants one of his enduring legacies to be a constitutional amendment requiring supermajorities in the state legislature to raise taxes, Michael Carroll writes for

Anderson Appointed as Commissioner of Massachusetts Division of Insurance

Governor Charlie Baker has appointed Gary D. Anderson as commissioner of the Massachusetts Division of Insurance, a regulatory agency under the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, Insurance Journal reports.

First commercial insurer to file cannabis business insurance is approved in California

Cannabis businesses licensed by the State of California may now purchase commercial insurance coverage from an admitted commercial insurance company.

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