Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Dec 9, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

  • 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.–Florida Citizens Property Insurance Board of Governors meeting.  To view the meeting notice, click here.
  • 10:00 a.m.–Floirda Workers’ Compensation Joint Underwriting Association Board of Governors meeting.  To view the meeting notice, click here.

Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

Aetna, Humana ask state to approve major health insurance merger

Two of the state’s largest health insurers made their case to state regulators Monday about why they’d be better off merged into one company.  Michael Auslen reports for the Tampa Bay Times.


Florida Bar pushes back against expert-testimony law

After months of debate, the Florida Bar’s Board of Governors voted 33-9 on Friday to recommend that the Florida Supreme Court not adopt the federal standard, known in the legal world as the “Daubert” standard.   THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via


Florida Governor Rick Scott signs new gambling compact with Seminole Tribe

 After months of negotiations, Governor Rick Scott quietly signed a compact with the Seminole Tribe late Monday that will generate nearly $3 billion in added revenue to the state over seven years in exchange for the exclusive right to operate blackjack and add craps and roulette.  The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports.


Workhorse Joe Negron will forge new path for Florida Senate

Senator Joe Negron of Stuart is the choice of his Republican colleagues to be Senate president next year.  He will accrue power very quickly, now that his marathon struggle for Senate supremacy with Senator Jack Latvala of Clearwater is over.  Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet analyzes.


Gardiner promises tough questions for agency heads

Some agency heads will have an easier road to Senate confirmation than others.  All of them, Senate President Andy Gardiner told POLITICO Florida, will be given the chance to explain why they should be confirmed.


Enterprise Florida Circles The Wagons Before Incentives Fight Begins

The vice chair of Enterprise Florida wants to make sure his organization’s affairs are in order as it fights for Governor Rick Scott’s proposed $250 million Florida Enterprise Fund to revamp the state’s business incentives.  Jim Rosica reports for


Paralegal wins battle against red-light camera company

 A 61-year-old Gulfport, Florida paralegal was so infuriated at receiving a $158 citation based on a red- light camera video she decided to take on the city and represent herself in court.  Christopher O’Donnel reports for the Tampa Tribune.




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