Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Jan 13, 2016


Assignment of Benefits Coalition Seeks Florida Legislative Reform in 2016

More than a dozen Florida real estate, construction and insurance groups announced Tuesday that they are teaming up to push for homeowners’ insurance reform in the 2016 Legislative Session.  Drew Wilson reports for


Florida Governor Eyeing State Representative Bill Hager, Tom Grady for Insurance Commissioner Post

Outgoing Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty may have just turned in his resignation, but Governor Rick Scott already is leaning toward his replacement, Peter Schorsch reports for


U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Part of Florida Death Penalty

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down an aspect of Florida’s capital punishment system on Tuesday, saying it did not give jurors a sufficient role in deciding whether defendants should be put to death.  The New York Times’ Adam Liptack reports.


Scott’s State of the State keeps focus on tax cuts, economic incentives

Florida Governor Rick Scott’s State of the State address focused almost exclusively on his administration’s top two priorities headed into the 2016 Legislative Session:  jobs and economic development.


Crisafulli backs KidCare for legal immigrants

To the surprise and delight of lawmakers who have long backed the proposal, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli on Tuesday called for eliminating a five-year waiting period for children of legal immigrants to be eligible for the state’s KidCare health-insurance program.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Margie Menzel reports via the Lakeland Ledger.


Bill changing public records rules would have “disastrous” effect on Florida Sunshine Laws

As reported by Noah Pransky of WTSP, a new bill by Sarasota Republican State Representative Greg Steube is generating concern among open government advocates, who see it as “legislators trying to further erode citizens’ only avenue” of accessing public records.  Peter Schorsch reports for


Lawmakers consider flood insurance rules in Washington D.C. today

In Washington on Wednesday, lawmakers are scheduled to hear about flood insurance, which seems like a good idea. Flooding along the Mississippi River in the past few weeks will be one of the costliest winter floods in history. That price tag has some lawmakers wondering if the feds should get out of the flood insurance business altogether.   Andy Uhler reports for

  • Click here to read individual witness testimony and a Congressional memorandum on today’s hearing “


Report:  Mississippi Insurers Not Overcharging Coastal Residents

Results of Mississippi’s Property Insurance Clarity Act Data Call are in and they confirm what insurance experts in the state say they already knew: insurers are not overcharging coastal residents in Mississippi.  Amy O’ Connor reports for Insurance Journal.




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