Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report - Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - Colodny Fass

Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Date Published: 04-17-2017


Two Seasoned Leaders Missing as 2017 Hurricane Season Approaches

Fugate, who served as Florida’s Emergency Manager before taking the Washington Job in 2009, said he was “Pissed” when he learned Knabb quit to go to The Weather Channel, where Knabb worked before taking the Lead Hurricane Center Job five years ago.  Kimberly Miller reports for the Palm Beach Post.


10K Florida Personal Lines Policies Approved for Citizens Takeouts

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has approved one Company to participate in the June Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Take-Out Period.  Insurance Journal reports.


Airbnb Sues City of Miami, Alleges Violation of Hosts’ First Amendment Rights

The Homesharing Platform Airbnb is suing the City of Miami, where Officials threatened to crack down on Hosts who publicly protested Regulations Prohibiting Short-Term Rentals.  Insurance Journal reports.


Ridesharing Bill to Reach Final Vote in Senate

Legislation creating a Statewide Regulatory Framework for Ridesharing Companies was debated Tuesday on the Senate Floor.  Mitch Perry reports for


Florida Senate Gives Full Support to Pollution Notification Rules Change

The push came after a Sewage Spill last Fall in St. Petersburg and Mosaic’s Sinkhole in Mulberry that sent Toxins in the Drinking Water Supply.  Mitch Perry reports for


$1.5 Billion Health Care Deal With Feds May Not Be a Sure Thing in The Florida House

The Florida House has not yet decided if it will include a New $1.5 Billion sum of money to cover Low-Income Health Care Costs in its Budget.  The Miami Herald’s Michael Auslen reports for the “Naked Politics” blog.


Senate Unanimously Approves Claims Bill for Abuse Survivor Victor Barahona

A Claim Bills providing a $3.75 Million Payment in the Death of Nubia Barahona passed the Senate Tuesday. reports.


PTSD Workers’ Comp Legislation Unanimously Passes Florida Subcommittee

A Bill offering Workers’ Compensation Benefits for First Responders diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was approved by the Florida Senate’s Banking and Insurance Subcommittee Monday.  Mike Holfeld reports for


In Breakthrough for Water Plan, Governor Scott Endorses Reservoir, Faster Fixes for Dike

Governor Rick Scott added some tension to the feud between the House and Senate over Priority Legislation Monday and endorsed Senate President Joe Negron’s Proposal to build a Deep-Water Storage Reservoir South of Lake Okeechobee on existing State Lands to reduce the need to discharge polluted water into fragile estuaries.  The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports.


Chief Inspector General Melinda Miguel:  “I Wanted to Leave On My Terms”

Florida Chief Inspector General Melinda Miguel, the Top Investigator for Two Governors who has been accused of suppressing Whistleblowers at the State’s Prison Agency and most recently was assigned the task of sorting through the financial troubles in Opa-locka, has Resigned her Post saying she “wanted to leave on my terms.”   The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports for the “Naked Politics” blog.


Florida House Budget Chief's Absence Stokes Rumors of Ambassador Appointment by Trump

Miami Republican State Representative Carlos Trujillo was conspicuously Absent this week from a Meeting of the Florida House Budget Committee he Leads.  The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports for the “Naked Politics” blog.


Florida House to Intervene in Supreme Court Case Between Rick Scott and State Attorney

Last week, the House's Lawyers asked for permission to File a Brief with the Florida Supreme Court in support of Scott, who Transferred 23 Death Penalty Cases to another State Attorney after Ayala said she would not seek the Death Penalty in Orange and Osceola Counties.


Trulieve Opens New Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Miami

Trulieve is opening a New Cannabis Dispensary Wednesday morning at 4020 Northwest 26th Street near Miami International Airport. reports.


Congrats, Florida is Tax Independent.  What Does That Mean?

A day before 2016 Federal Tax Returns were Due, a Tallahassee-Based Watchdog Group said Floridians were done paying Taxes in a different, mythical sort of way.   Antonio Fins writes for the Palm Beach Post.


NFIP, Agents Focus on Insurance Issues of Coastal Flooding

Coastal Areas such as Norfolk, Virginia, are facing increasingly frequent Flooding, leading to Skyrocketing Premiums for Homeowners and contributing to the National Flood Insurance Program's Deep Debt.  The New York Times reports via the PCI SmartBrief.




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