Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Feb 9, 2016


Florida renters pay $279 more for car insurance, survey finds

Florida drivers are being charged an average of 10 percent more, or $279 a year, for car insurance simply because they rent instead of own their home, according to a national consumer group’s survey released Monday.  The Palm Beach Post’s Charles Elmore reports for the “Protecting Your Pocket” blog.


Insurance differences stall progress on ride-hail regulation

The biggest roadblock in passing what is being touted as a major piece of consumer protection legislation is the difference in the amount of insurance being required of ride-hail companies like Lyft and Uber in competing House and Senate versions being considered. 


Florida Surgeon General Responds To HIV Criticism, Staff Cuts

Florida’s Surgeon General is responding to criticism about the state’s rising HIV rate, cuts to county health departments and 9,000 kids who lost places in the Children’s Medical Services program — which serves youngsters with “serious and chronic” conditions — under a new eligibility screening process last year.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Margie Menzel interviews John Armstrong via Health News Florida.


The “playful” reason why two lawmakers had shotguns on the Florida House floor last week

About an hour before the Florida House was due to meet for daily session on Wednesday and vote on two controversial gun bills — including one over open carry — Senator Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, and State Representative Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park, walked onto the chamber floor so they could have their photo taken together.  The Miami Herald’s Kristen M. Clark reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


Future of Tennessee Workers’ Comp Option in Question Amid Lawmaker Scandal

Legislation to create a workers’ compensation alternative in Tennessee is already facing serious setbacks in the just started legislative session, despite being amended in 2015 and refiled in 2016. An emerging scandal involving one of the lawmakers sponsoring the bill may have hindered its second chance of getting through the state legislature.  Insurance Journal’s Amy O’Connor reports.


Tennessee Insurance Commissioner McPeak Elected as VP of NAIC

Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak was elected as vice president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the nation’s insurance regulatory support organization.  Insurance Journal reports.



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