Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report - Monday, May 08, 2017 - Colodny Fass

Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report - Monday, May 08, 2017

Date Published: 05-08-2017

 

Florida Fails to Pass Workers’ Compensation Reform

Florida Businesses shouldn’t expect relief for Workers’ Compensation Rates, this year at least. The Florida Legislature failed to pass Legislation this Session addressing 2016 Decisions by the Florida Supreme Court that sent the State’s Workers’ Comp System into disarray and led to a Rate Increase of 14.5 Percent.  Amy O’Connor reports for Insurance Journal.

 

Areas of Florida Experience Extreme Drought

Two thirds of the Sunshine State and most of South Georgia are in a Drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.  News4Jax.com reports.

 

Florida Lawmakers Set to OK Budget That Ignores Governor Rick Scott Priorities

As Lawmakers finished work on the spending plan last week in Tallahassee, Scott didn’t hang around the Capitol to press for his goals, such as Funding for the Enterprise Florida Business Program and the Visit Florida Tourism Marketing Program or $200 Million to repair the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee.  The Palm Beach Post’s George Bennett reports for the “Post on Politics” blog.

·         If Rick Scott Vetoes Budget, House Speaker Says They Have Votes to Override

 

Florida in Focus: 10 Big Issues for Monday’s Legislative Session

Florida Lawmakers will gather Monday at the Capitol to pass a New State Budget. But for the most part, the Annual Legislative Session ended Friday night when the House and Senate adjourned after a final round of negotiating and maneuvering.  Watchdog.org reports.

·         SunshineStateNews.com:  2017 Legislative Session's Winners and Losers

·         FloridaPolitics.com:  Winners and Losers Emerging From the 2017 Legislative Session

 

The Power and the Swagger:  Richard Corcoran and His Fight for “Soul of the Party”

To Corcoran this "War" means opposing business incentives, or "Corporate Welfare' as he called them in the past.  Gary Fineout writes in his blog, “The Fine Print.”

 

Florida Criminals Who use Bitcoins Could Now Face Money-Laundering Charges

Lawmakers Approved the Measure after a Miami Judge last year threw out the Criminal Case against a man accused of Selling $1,500 worth of Bitcoins he was told was to be used to purchase Stolen Credit-Card Numbers Online.  David Ovalle reports for the Miami Herald.

 

Legislative Fix to “Stand Your Ground” Law Goes to Rick Scott

The Senate blinked in a fight over a standard of evidence, sending a Fix to the State’s “Stand Your Ground” Law.  FloridaPolitics.com’s Jim Rosica reports.

 

Independent Liquor Stores Fight “Whiskey and Wheaties Bill”

Owners of Small, Independent Liquor Stores in Central Florida are asking Customers to support their efforts urging the Governor to Veto a Bill allowing the Sale of Spirits in Grocery Stores.  The Associated Press reports via FloridaPolitics.com.

 

 

 

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