Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Jan 3, 2017


Motorist Files Suit Against State Farm Florida Over Underinsured Motorist Claim

A Sanford motorist alleges his Insurer wrongfully denied his Claim after an accident.  Jenie Mallari-Torres reports for the Florida Record.


Airbnb Hopes to Partner with Escambia County in 2017

A top priority of San Francisco-Based Short-Term Rental Company Airbnb moving into next year centers on establishing Agreements with all Florida Counties that would allow the Company to collect and remit Tourist Development Tax on behalf of the Host Communities.  Joseph Baucum reports for the Pensacola News-Journal.


US Has OK to Study Bringing Bahamas Sand to Florida Beaches

The 2016 Water Resources Development Act authorizes the Army Corps of Engineers to study the potential of using foreign sand, such as from the Bahamas, to widen shorelines and protect coasts from hurricanes like the ones that lashed the Big Bend and northeastern Florida last summer.  The Associated Press reports via the Sun-Sentinel.


Judge Tosses Florida Regulatory Agency’s Pollution Reporting Rules

In a Victory for Business Groups, an Administrative Law Judge ruled that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection overstepped its authority in proposing new requirements for notifying the public when pollution occurs.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Saunders reports via the Winter Haven News Chief.


Is All Aboard Florida Installing Positive-Train-Control Along Its Tracks?

Positive Train Control is a System used by railroads that combines command, control, communications, and information systems to control train movement and increase safety, in particular by reducing the risk of train-to-train collisions and over-speed derailments.  Lisa Broadt delves into the issue for


How a 6 Year-Old Got Locked In a Florida Psych Ward

Federal Regulators have been looking into whether a Florida Medicaid Mental Hospital misused the State’s Involuntary Commitment Laws to hold patients at the Hospital who did not need treatment.


New Florida Laws Target Cough-Syrup Abuse, Opioid Abuse, Legal Process

A Florida Law taking effect on New Year’s Day will make it more difficult for kids to abuse over-the-counter cough medicine to go “Robo-Tripping,” reports.


Florida Politics in 2017:  What to Expect?

What would the end of one year be without a bit of forecasting about what will happen in the next?  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Brandon Larrabee explores the various factors affecting Florida’s Political Scene via the Daily Commercial.

·         Florida Supreme Court Appointments Could Bring Chaos

·         Lawmakers Messed with Rick Scott’s Org Chart in 2016

·         2016’s Most “OMG”-Worthy Moments in Florida Politics

·         2016 Election and Some of the Floridians We’ll Remember It By


What to Know as Florida’s Amendment 2 Goes Into Effect Today

The true measure of what Florida’s Medical Marijuana Amendment means won’t be immediately seen until a new set of Rules are adopted and implemented by the Florida Legislature and the Department of Health.

·         Why Effects of Medical Marijuana Amendment Won’t Be Felt for Months


Keys Plan Field Trial for Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes

Officials plan to release Lab-Reared, Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes in the Florida Keys in March.  The Associated Press reports via


New State Attorney Faces Expectations, Potential Pitfalls as She Takes Office

A year ago at this time Melissa Nelson was a relatively unknown Lawyer.  This morning she will become the New State Attorney for the 4th Judicial Circuit, one of the most powerful offices in Northeast Florida.  Larry Hannan reports for the Florida Times-Union.


New North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Seeks Regulatory Overhaul

Critics contend North Carolina’s One-Size-Fits-All Regulatory System prevents Auto Insurers from offering discounts that are available in other States and deters some Companies from offering Policies there.  David Ranii reports for the Charlotte News Observer.


New York Issues First-in-Nation Regulation on Commercial Crime Insurance

The Regulation, called Insurance Regulation 209, serves as the first of its kind in the U.S. and is set to take effect on July 1, 2017, with respect to all Insurance Policies issued, renewed or delivered in New York State on or after that date.  Elizabeth Blosfield reports for Insurance Journal.




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