Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Nov 10, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

Florida Issues Data Call for Water Claims, Assignment of Benefit Costs

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation ordered Florida’s largest property insurers to submit detailed information on water loss claims, mitigation services, litigation and assignment of benefits.  The agency explained the data call would help evaluate the impact that assignment of benefits is having on property claims, Insurance Journal reports.


Vehicle sinks into sinkhole in central Florida

WPTV Reporter Shelley Jaggernauth sent in photos of a sinkhole swallowing a vehicle at a repair shop in central Florida.


Former State Representative Bryan Nelson Appointed to CareerSource Board

Governor Rick Scott announced two appointments and six reappointments to the Board of Directors of CareerSource Florida.  Among them was Bryan Nelson, 57, of Apopka.  He is the president of Nelson Insurance Services and an Orange County Commissioner.  He previously served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives.


With leadership drama over, Negron set to be designated next Senate President

With a Senate leadership battle finally put to rest last week, Senate President Andy Gardiner reiterated his plan Monday for a December 2 vote on designating Republican Senator Joe Negron of Stuart as his successor.  The Palm Beach Post’s John Kennedy reports via the “Post on Politics” blog.


By Scott’s math, state has $1.6 billion budget surplus

Barnstorming around the state this week in support of his $1 billion tax break package, Governor Rick Scott worked off budget advice that portrays Florida as having more than double the surplus that lawmakers see heading into next year.  The Palm Beach Post’s John Kennedy reports via the “Post on Politics” blog.


Report:  Tampa Police write more tickets than other agencies

An analysis by The Tampa Bay Times showed that Tampa police wrote more tickets last year than sheriff’s offices in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties combined and more per capita than cops in Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg and Orlando, the state’s four other largest cities.


Legislature dispute puts the brakes on Florida red light camera ban

Senator Jeff Brandes is calling for red light cameras to be dismantled in the 14 Florida communities where they are currently in force, WFTV reports.


Appeals Court Sides With Florida Department of Economic Opportunity in Contract Case

A Florida appeals court has largely upheld a ruling for the Department of Economic Opportunity in a case involving a low-interest loan program for the state’s small businesses, Jim Rosica reports for


Galvano PAC returns $15,000 fantasy sports contribution

 Innovate Florida, a political action committee chaired by Republican state Senator Bill Galvano of Bradenton, returned a $15,000 contribution from a group called Fantasy Sports Trade Association last month.  Daniel Ducassi reports for


A Year Out from Florida Election Day, Uncertainty Reigns

A slew of key state races are as yet unformed, with breakout candidates still to be identified, says publisher Peter Schorsch.


More details revealed in Alabama homeowners insurance reform plan

As its December 31 deadline approaches to forward recommendations to Governor Robert Bentley, the Coastal Insurance Working Group is revealing more details about potential changes to the Alabama Insurance Underwriters Association and a so-called “coastal band” of wind insurers spanning the Gulf Coast.  Eric Mann reports for the Langniappe Weekly.


A Man Died At An Airbnb Rental.  Here’s How The Company Responded

The Huffington Post’s Alexander Howard asks who’s responsible for safety in the “sharing economy?”




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