Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Feb 17, 2016
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has responded to Florida’s request to review the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) rates and it may not be as forthcoming and helpful as Florida lawmakers had hoped, Insurance Journal reports.
Though revised legislation appears to leave out ambulances, Florida’s insurance consumer advocate said she was “encouraged” by a Senate committee’s passage Tuesday of a measure designed to protect consumers from surprise emergency medical bills. Charles Elmore reports for the Palm Beach Post.
There’s no doubting that this session of the Florida Legislature has gone smoother than last year. No fiery speeches on the chamber floors over Medicaid expansion. No threats of walk-offs. No steely stares when asked questions from the media about closed-door caucus meetings. Gary Fineout asks “The Fine Print” question: Can this truce last?
A Senate committee signed off Tuesday on the confirmation of seven Florida regulatory agency heads, including leaders of some of the state’s highest-profile departments.
A dozen of the largest and most influential Florida citrus growers has proposed a radical downsizing of the Florida Department of Citrus, virtually eliminating its marketing and research programs and transforming it to a small regulatory agency. Kevin Bouffard reports for the Lakeland Ledger.
A proposal that would allow people to bring guns into airport terminals, but not through federal security screening, has taken off in the Senate amid turbulence from aviation officials. THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via the Palm Beach Post.
A contentious bill that would give the governor a bigger toolbox, including the use of military force, to keep certain refugees out of Florida cleared its second House committee Tuesday on a 9-3 party-line vote. Politico Florida’s Daniel Ducassi reports.
Each session of the Legislature is a tug of war between Florida lawmakers and local governments over home rule, revenue sharing and unfunded mandates. Jeff Schweers reports for the Naples Daily News.
A bill to bar cities and counties from installing cameras at intersections to catch red light runners, narrowly passed its final committee stop in the Florida House and is now heading to the full House. Jeremy Wallace reports for the Bradenton Herald.
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today announced that he has reached an agreement with Allstate Insurance Company and Allstate Indemnity Insurance to reduce Allstate’s homeowner insurance rates statewide by an average of 12.6 percent, effective February 1, 2016.
The Massachusetts Senate recently passed a legislative amendment that would open up home insurers’ rate filings for public discussion, Insurance Journal reports.
To unsubscribe from this newsletter, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.