Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Mar 15, 2016


Sea Rise could force millions in Florida to adapt or flee, study finds

The number of people threatened by rising seas fueled by climate change in the U.S. could be three times greater than previously estimated, with more than six million Floridians at risk under a worst-case scenario, according to a study published Monday.  The Miami Herald’s Jenny Staletovich reports.


Donald Trump’s Florida Effort Relied on Veteran of Governor Rick Scott’s Campaign

If the polls showing Donald J. Trump well ahead in Florida are accurate, one of those he will have to thank in victory will be Susie Wiles, the campaign manager in 2010 for the state’s governor, Rick Scott, the New York Times Maggie Haberman reports.


Florida Judge ends Surprise-Conviction Practice

After three decades in place, Florida’s surprise-conviction practice is ending.  The Associated Press reports via the Tampa Tribune.


Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Endorses Trump

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi endorsed Donald Trump for president at an event in Tampa on Monday, WCTV reports.


Despite rise in Florida cases, Officials say Zika Threat remains minor

Florida has reported more cases of Zika virus than any other U.S. state, but physicians say pregnant women probably don’t need to worry about contracting the illness that has been linked to a serious birth defect.  Tessa Duvall reports for the Florida Times-Union.


Wind Tunnel, Oysters and Beef:  A look at Pet Projects in Florida’s Budget

The state’s new $82.3 billion budget, approved by lawmakers Friday, isn’t all about the big expenses of government, such as education, health care, law enforcement and transportation.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via The Daily Commercial.


Scott traveling state on “Million, Billion” Tour 

Governor Rick Scott didn’t get much of what he wanted from the 2016 Legislature, but that’s not stopping him from a five-city tour touting tax breaks and jobs that he started this morning in Jacksonville, the Palm Beach Post’s John Kennedy reports for the “Post on Politics” blog.


Washington Commissioner Fines Insurance Professionals $17K

Wasington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler took enforcement action and issued fines totaling $17,675 last month against insurance companies and producers who he says violated state insurance regulations, Insurance Journal reports.




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