Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report - Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - Colodny Fass

Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Date Published: 03-15-2017


AOB Reform Passes Florida House Subcommittee, But It Wasn’t Pretty

The Legislature has been arguing over Assignment of Benefits Reform for years, to no avail. Tuesday, Tampa Republican James Grant found out why — the hard way.’s Michael Moline reports.

·         Bill to Address Insurance Claims Abuses Advances


Florida's Trial Bar Hurricane

Legal Abuse threatens Insurers that absorb extreme weather risk.  PCI’s David Sampson writes in a Wall Street Journal editorial opinion today.


Florida Must End Assignment of Benefits Abuse, Self-Serving Windfalls, Florida Justice Reform Institute Says

A State Law that was originally intended to give Individual Policyholders Special Rights in disputes with their Insurance Companies is instead being used by some Repair Vendors and their Lawyers to generate a self-serving windfall.  Florida Justice Reform Institute President William Large writes in this editorial opinion.


Don’t Trade a Tax Cut For a Tax Increase – Preserve the Salary Tax Credits For Insurers

For Three Decades, Florida has offered Insurance Companies a highly effective, performance-based Tax Credit that has resulted in tens of thousands of good jobs being created or imported to our State.  The Personal Insurance Federation tells


House Committee OK’s Bill Requiring Septic Tank Inspection During Home Sales

A Bill that would require Septic Tanks to be inspected when a home sells advanced through its first House Committee.’s Drew Wilson reports.

·         Addressing Septic Tank Pollution Can Be Controversial


Florida Lawmakers Reopen Contentious Vacation Rental Debate

A rolling, six-year conflict between Florida Vacation Rental Operators and Local Governments trying to curb noise, trash problems and other complaints about rental houses revved back to life in the Legislature.  The Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Zac Anderson reports.


Workers' Comp Bill Passes First Florida House Test

After a fierce Debate about Attorney Fees, a House Panel Tuesday moved forward with a Proposal that would make key changes in the Workers' Compensation Insurance System.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Saunders reports via

·         House Committee Rejects Attorney-Fee Amendment, OKs Workers’ Comp Bill


Bill allowing Overnight Ambulatory Surgery Stay Clears Senate Committee

A Bill allowing Patients to stay overnight in Ambulatory Surgery Centers cleared its first Senate Committee Tuesday with a 4-1 Vote.’s Drew Wilson reports.


Statewide Regulations for Uber, Lyft Get Boost in Florida Senate Committee

Uber and Lyft were riding high Tuesday after the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee passed Legislation to create Regulatory and Insurance Requirements for popular Ridesharing Companies.  Allison Nielsen reports for

·         Senate Committee Passes Ridesharing Insurance Requirement Bill


Florida Insurance Company Employee Accused of Stealing $1M From Employer

A Florida Insurance Company Employee was arrested following a scheme that allegedly bilked her Ft. Lauderdale-Based Employer out of more than $1 Million, according to a statement from Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.  Insurance Journal reports.


High-Speed Train Bill Could Stall All Aboard Florida's Brightline

The day after All Aboard Florida’s Brightline welcomed the Second Train in its growing Fleet, Officials with the Private Rail Venture said a Proposed Bill Regulating High-Speed Trains Could Threaten its Expansion to Orlando and other points across the State.  Jennifer Sorentrue reports for the Palm Beach Post.


Compromise Bill on Public Records Emerges in the Senate

A compromise over contentious Legislation aimed at Rooting out Abuses of Florida’s Public Records Law was reached Monday evening, and unanimously Approved in a Senate Panel Tuesday afternoon.  Daniel Ducassi reports for Politico Florida.


Florida House Speaker Making Good on Transparency, Accountability Promises

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran began his Two-Year Speakership in November by promising a “Transformational Leap” in Government Accountability and Transparency.  William Patrick reports via


Coral Gables Votes to Ban Plastic Bags — a First in Florida

Plastic Bag use in stores could soon be a thing of the past in Coral Gables after the City Commission on Tuesday gave Initial Approval to an Ordinance Banning the Products.  Lance Dixon reports for the Miami Herald.


Congress Takes Blockchain 101

The Heads of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus want their Colleagues to know the Technology has many uses besides Currency.  The MIT Technology Review reports via Crain’s Miami.




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