Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report - Thursday, February 16, 2017 - Colodny Fass

Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report - Thursday, February 16, 2017

Date Published: 02-16-2017


Appeals Court Reverses Ruling Striking Limits on PIP Payments to Chiropractors

A State Appeals Court has upheld a Law Limiting Payments to Chiropractors under Reforms to Florida’s Personal-Injury Protection Insurance System.  Michael Moline reports for


Florida Supreme Court Rejects Evidence Standard Supported by Rick Scott, Lawmakers

In yet another Rejection of a Policy backed by Conservative Lawmakers and Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Supreme Court Thursday “Declined” to change the State’s Expert Evidence Rule to one used by Federal Courts and most States.  Jim Rosica reports for

·         To read the Ruling, click Here.


Miami vs. Airbnb: City Proposes Partial Short-Term Rental Ban and Strict Regulations

Airbnb’s problems keep getting bigger in Miami-Dade County.  The Miami Herald’s Chabeli Herrera reports.

·         Airbnb Becomes Target After Clearwater Man Slips in Private Short-Term Rental


New Florida Law Gives Thousands of Foster Care Teens Big Boost in Acquiring Driver’s Privileges

Young people aged 15-21 in Licensed Out-of-Home Care may be reimbursed for fees associated with obtaining their License, such as Learner License Fees, Driver’s License Fees, Testing Fees, Substance Abuse Courses and with Monthly Insurance Premiums and Deductibles, according to an Analysis of the Bill issued Tuesday.  Les Neuhaus reports for


Alcohol Separation Repeal Bill Narrowly Passes First House Panel

The Legislation would allow Grocery Stores, Big Box Stores and other Retailers sell Liquor inside same Store.  Daniel Ducassi reports for Politico Florida.


State Lawmakers Vote to Pull Florida From Federal Refugee Program

Lawmakers took their first step Thursday toward removing Florida from the Refugee Resettlement Program amid charges that the Federal Government was not an effective Partner with State Law Enforcement.  The Miami Herald’s Michael Auslen reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


Florida Lawmakers Gather in D.C. to Push Water Agenda

The Bipartisan Florida Congressional Delegation met to discuss the State’s significant Water Woes, which range from last summer’s Toxic Algae Blooms along the Atlantic Coast that were visible from space, nutrient-addled shorelines in Southwest Florida that have wreaked economic devastation and red tides that led to massive fish kills near Sarasota.  USA Today’s Ledyard King reports via


Florida Death Penalty Fix on The Fast Track in Legislature

A Proposal that would require Unanimous Jury Recommendations for Death Sentences to be imposed sailed through its first House Vetting Wednesday, receiving Unanimous Approval from the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Dara Kam reports via the Palm Beach Post.


Randy Fine Letter Warns Rick Scott to Stop Badmouthing His Incentives Vote

Fine said he wouldn’t bite after Scott sent him an Invite to a “Hurriedly-Arranged Event” in Brevard County. Publisher Peter Schorsch reports.


Matt Caldwell Plans Run for Florida Agriculture Commissioner This Summer

Matt Caldwell is planning to File Paperwork this Summer in a Bid for Florida Agriculture Commissioner.  Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster reports for


NAIC Submits Testimony to Congress on Interstate Competition

Nothing in Federal Law prevents States from allowing Health Insurance Carriers from engaging in Interstate Insurance Sales.


NAIC Raises Concerns Before Congress on International Insurance Deal

Ted Nickel, Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner, testified before Congress today on behalf of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in opposition to the Negotiated Covered Agreement.


Homeowners in South Carolina Awarded $7M in Faulty Construction Lawsuit

A Townhome Community in Mount Pleasant, S.C., has Won a $7 Million Verdict against an Atlanta Builder for what the Townhome Owners said was inferior work.  Insurance Journal reports.




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