Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Mar 9, 2016


HCI Group Launches

HCI Group, Inc., predominantly engaged in homeowners insurance, reinsurance, real estate and information technology, has launched, an online platform for quoting and binding flood insurance policies in Florida. 


Florida Assignment of Benefits, Ridesharing Bills Approaching Dead End

It’s looking like Florida lawmakers will not provide resolution for two controversial issues currently facing the Florida insurance industry, this year at least.  Amy O’Connor reports for


Florida Mayors join forces to call for climate questions at primary debates

A bipartisan group of Florida mayors says it would be “unconscionable” for climate issues of grave concern to Florida not to be considered at Miami debates, The Guardian reports.


Florida Governor Signs Dog Bite Bill Into Law

Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill into law that allows discretion on whether to put dogs to death that cause severe injuries to humans — just as Padi, the Manatee dog that inspired the legislation, has become the subject of another bite controversy.  Kate Irby reports for the Bradenton Herald.


It’s now legal in Florida to break into cars to rescue vulnerable people, pets

Floridians can now legally break into locked vehicles to rescue pets or vulnerable people who are “in imminent danger of suffering harm,” the Bradenton Herald reports.


Elevator Safety Bill named for Manatee boy heads to Scott

After a lawmaker read a note from the family of a 12-year-old Manatee County boy who died in an elevator accident, the House on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that would require the installation of sensors in new elevators in private homes.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.


FPL Nuclear Plant Canals leaking into Biscayne Bay, study confirms

A radioactive isotope linked to water from power plant cooling canals has been found in high levels in Biscayne Bay, confirming suspicions that Turkey Point’s aging canals are leaking into the nearby national park.  Jenny Staletovich reports for the Miami Herald.


Rick Scott Signs 16 Bills Into Law

Governor Rick Scott signed 16 bills into law yesterday, including a bill to crack down on human trafficking in the Sunshine State.  Allison Nielsen reports for


Governor expected to dislike Florida’s $82.3 billion Budget Deal

Tapping a pot of money traditionally set aside for last-minute deals, lawmakers funded dozens of supplemental projects, all of them at risk of Scott’s line-item veto.  Steve Bousquet reports via the Bradenton Herald.


Florida Legislature passes bill for early 2018 Session

Lawmakers will get another early start in 2018 under a bill going to Governor Rick Scott.  The Associated Press reports via the Lake Wales News.


Alimony, Child Custody Law revisions headed to Governor Scott

A contentious bill that would end permanent alimony payments and urge judges to enforce equal time-sharing with children of divorcing parents is headed to Governor Rick Scott.  William March reports for the Tampa Tribune.


Cissy Proctor confirmed as Florida’s jobs chief

Cissy Proctor, Governor Rick Scott‘s new jobs chief, and Thomas Delacenserie, Scott’s appointee as secretary of the Department of the Lottery, were confirmed in a 36-0 vote Tuesday by the Florida Senate.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via the Orlando Sentinel.




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