Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Feb 3, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.–Florida Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance meeting.  To view the agenda, click here.  To view the meeting packet, click here.

  • SB 234 relating to Motor Vehicle Insurance by Senator Bill Montford
  • SB 202 relating to Insurance Policy Documents by Senator Rob Bradley 



    Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


    Search for New Florida Insurance Chief in State Where 3 of 4 Past Regulators Jailed

    Some wonder if Louisiana is the best place to look for a new Florida Insurance Commissioner, the Palm Beach Post’s Charles Elmore writes.


    Changes to Florida Driver’s License Test Raises Rate of Failure

    Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles officials scuttled the old Florida driver’s license test last year because parts of it could be found online and because the test hadn’t changed much in the past 20 years, Ocala Star-Banner’s Mickie Anderson reports via the Lakeland Ledger.


    Florida Leads Insurance Sign-Ups Despite Political Opposition To Overhaul

    With two weeks to go until the deadline for 2015 enrollment, Florida’s tally exceeds that of even Democrat-led California, which has twice the population, uses three times as much federal funding for outreach and has built its own online marketplace.  NPR’s Phil Galewitz reports.


    Governor Rick Scott proposes repeal of hospital funding law

    Hospitals like Jackson Memorial that serve a large number of poor and uninsured patients say the new funding formula would cost them millions.  The Miami Herald’s Kathleen McGrory reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


    Scott’s tax cut proposal gets key support in Senate

    Governor Rick Scott’s tax cut proposal got a boost Monday when the Senate’s chairwoman of the tax and finance committee said she supports his plan to cut taxes on cell phones and TVs by $470 million.  The Miami Herald’s Michael Van Sickler reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


    Florida Corrections Secretary defends prisons as perception problem. but senators are skeptical

    Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones put a positive spin on negative reports about scandal, death and excessive use of force at her agency Monday as she told a Senate committee that the agency faces a “perception problem” but the obstacles are “temporary.”  The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


    Florida Senator Anitere Flores moves to ban powdered alcohol

    A lawmaker in Miami wants to ban powdered alcohol before the stuff is even approved by the federal government, Gregg Burrage and Marshall Zelinger report for ABC Action News of Tampa Bay.


    Google is looking into creating a rival to Uber

    Google has been a financial supporter of Uber in the past, UPI’s Thor Benson reports.



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