Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Jan 20, 2016


Florida Senate Committee Approves Bill to Establish State Insurance Standards for Ride-Share Companies.

Colodny Fass’ Katie Webb, lobbyist for the Florida Property & Casualty Association, noted that there is a national compromise agreement that the insurance industry reached with the TNC industry last spring that is similar to a bill sponsored by Senator David Simmons.  Mitch Perry reports for


House committee OKs balance billing ban, binding arbitration

 The long-running battle between health care providers and insurance companies over balance-billing patients who go out of network in emergency medical situations came to a head on Tuesday in the House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee.  Christine Sexton reports for Politico Florida.


After lower revenue estimate, Scott banks on gaming money for tax cuts

Governor Rick Scott said Tuesday that he might have to use gaming revenue to reach his top priority of getting $1 billion in tax cuts after state economists predicted a slowdown in economic growth.  Matt Dixon reports for Politico Florida.


Florida Most Likely To Be Affected by Growth In Hispanic Voter Numbers, Pew Study Says

Florida is the battleground state – with both a  presidential and U.S. Senate elections – where the rising number of Hispanic voters could make the most difference nationally, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.  Scott Powers reports for


Thousands ask union to end lawsuit against Florida school voucher program

Thousands of parents and children in identical green-yellow shirts rallied Tuesday in support of the state’s private school voucher program, which helps low-income and minority students attend private schools.  The Associated Press’ Gary Fineout reports via the Lakeland Ledger.


IASB Aims to Finish Talks on Insurance Contracts Standard

The International Accounting Standards Board plans to wrap up deliberations next week on technical matters for its project on insurance contracts, David Jones reports for BNA.




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