Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Apr 15, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


1:00 p.m.–Florida Board of Employee Leasing Companies meeting.  St. Augustine, Florida.  To view the agenda, click here.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Florida Cabinet approves buying $2.2 billion more in catastrophe insurance

Governor Rick Scott and Cabinet members voted Tuesday to bolster the state’s catastrophic insurance fund with $2.2 billion of added coverage in advance of what forecasters predict will be another quiet hurricane season in Florida, Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet reports.


Two-Year Florida PIP Fraud Investigation Concludes

A two-year PIP fraud investigation involving Integrated Healing Clinic in Tampa has concluded with the arrests of 7 residents, according to a statement by the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud.  Insurance Journal reports.


Florida Among Most Expensive States To Insure A New Car

Drivers in Florida looking to insure a new car will pay, on average, $1,742, or about 33 percent more than the national average, according to a new study by  South Florida Business Journal’s Cindy Barth reports. 


Impasse over Health Care Expansion Deepens

The stalemate between the House and Senate over billions of dollars in health-care funding deepened Tuesday, as the federal government suggested that the fate of a pool of money for hospitals and other medical providers was tied to the state’s decision on Medicaid expansion, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Brandon Larrabee reports via


Telehealth bill moves in the Senate but will the House take it up?

A Senate health care spending panel on Tuesday gave the nod to a telehealth bill but House Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Jason Brodeur says he’s not sure the Legislature needs to address the issue.’s Christine Jordan Sexton reports.


Florida Fracking Bills Clear House and Senate Despite Opposition

Legislation aimed at regulating hydraulic fracturing cleared state House and Senate panels Tuesday, despite increased opposition from environmental organizations, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster reports for Scripps’ “Political Fix Florida” blog.


Senate Kills Contentious Gas Station Amendment

A Senate panel on Tuesday defeated a controversial amendment pushed by a gas station owner and GOP donor who is fighting with oil giant Marathon Petroleum, Matt Dixon reports for Scripps’ “Political Fix Florida” blog.


Red-light camera crackdown stalls in Senate, gets green light in House

Efforts to put the brakes on the use of red-light cameras by municipalities stalled in the Florida Senate on Tuesday, but is continuing to cruise in the House.’s James Call reports.


Growth bill headed to House floor with opposition from cities, counties

A controversial House growth management bill passed its final committee stop on the way to the House floor on Tuesday,’s Bruce Ritchie reports.


Legislators want chief prison investigator fired

A House committee took aim at the state’s chief prison inspector Tuesday, first accusing Jeffery Beasley of failing to properly investigate suspicious inmate deaths, then approving a plan to make it easier for the Department of Corrections’ secretary to fire him and his staff.


Amini Named General Counsel at Oklahoma Insurance Department

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak has named Gordon Amini as general counsel of the Oklahoma Insurance Department.  Amini held the same title when he previously worked at the department in 1981, Insurance Journal reports.






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