Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, September 17, 2015

Sep 17, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from Florida Association for Insurance Reform

Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty is being recognized by the Florida Association for Insurance Reform at its third annual awards dinner in North Miami tonight, Colodny Fass reports.


Matt Gaetz files – then deletes – Uber pre-emption bill

State Representative Matt Gaetz filed, then speedily withdrew a bill that would reserve regulation of Uber and other hired-car services to the state.  James Rosica reports for


Florida’s Life Insurance Rate Below Average, Survey Finds

Instead of planning for final expenses, a recent AAA survey found half of Sunshine State residents don’t have life insurance, WJCT-TVs Ryan Benk reports.


Next House Speaker:  Legislators the enemy; promises change

House Speaker Designate Richard Corcoran, soon to become one of the most powerful people in state government, delivered a fiery speech yesterday in which he promised to usher in sweeping changes in everything from schools to legislative ethics and how long judges can stay on the bench.  The Associated Press’ Gary Fineout reports via


Guns bills move forward in early committee action

In its first meeting in preparation of the 2016 regular legislative Session, a Senate committee pulled the trigger on two bills to alter Florida’s state gun statutes on Wednesday. On a so-called “campus carry” bill to allow concealed weapons into higher education facilities, a House panel shortly followed suit.’s Ryan Ray reports.


Jack Latvala says Lower the Rhetoric on Enterprise Florida Fund

A key senator wants Governor Rick Scott’s office to tone down how it has publicly pushed for more economic-development money, as lawmakers seek to revamp the state’s business-incentives program.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via


The real story behind Trump’s Florida gaming fixation

For more than 21 years, Donald Trump has been trying to get casino deals in one form or another in Florida,’s Marc Caputo reports.


Number of Syrian refugees arriving in Tampa area jumps

The Tampa area already is seeing a surge in the number of Syrian refugees fleeing their war-torn country, but the brunt of the influx is a year or two away, state officials say.  The Tampa Tribune’s Keith Morelli reports.


Reinsurers urge governments to Cap Global Warming at UN Summit

Politicians must act to cap global warming when they meet at a United Nations summit at the end of the year as the financial and humanitarian consequences of natural catastrophes become ever clearer, reinsurers meeting at an industry conference said.  Reuters’ Jonathan Gould reports via Insurance Journal.




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