Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report - Thursday, February 08, 2018
Date Published: 02-08-2018
A Florida Senate bill aimed at curbing third-party insurance claims abuses cleared its second committee on Tuesday despite arguments by insurance lobbyists that the reforms wouldn't stop contractors and attorneys from continuing to siphon off fat legal fees and further drive up rates for consumers. The Sun-Sentinel's Ron Hurtibise reports.
Recommendations made by a special Florida House committee on hurricane preparedness have reached a roadblock midway through the 2018 legislative session, casting doubt over whether or not the state will pass some of the recommended reform measures to make improvements for hurricane preparedness efforts. Allison Nielsen reports for SunshineStateNews.com.
Following the significant and widespread damage caused by Hurricane Irma, Monroe County expended its available funding resources for clean-up activities.
A group of workers went down to the Florida Keys after Hurricane Irma to earn some money, but it ended up costing them more than they ever expected. As WSVN's Andrew Scheinthal reports, they are "Sick of Waiting" for their bills to be paid.
The rating agency on Thursday cited the state's "strong economy, growing tax base and the federal government's ongoing resources through FEMA to help cover the costs of storm damages." Moody's similarly praised Texas. Steve Bousquet reports via the Miami Herald's "Naked Politics" blog.
South Florida media reports show that the devices have been taken from cars in apartment complexes or at airports. The burglars appear to prefer Honda Civics, Honda Accords and Acuras, reports indicate. Patricio G. Balona reports for the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
If Scott signs the bill (HB 53), it could allow the state to bring in federal money to protect the string of reefs, which encompass all of the coastline off Broward and Palm Beach counties. The Sun-Sentinel's Dan Sweeney reports.
The court's ruling will likely determine the outcome in lawsuits filed by traffic attorneys seeking reimbursements for motorists caught running red lights in more than 60 communities, the Tampa Bay Times' Christopher O'Donnell reports.
Florida ranks near the bottom, at 44 out of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, for poor dental health, according to a study by WalletHub, an online personal finance website. Liz Freeman reports for the Naples Daily News.
Legislators spent most of Wednesday asking questions and make minor changes to the plan that will cover all state spending from July 2018 to June 2019, the Associated Press reports.
With Democrats energized to push back against Trump, Scott's improved image will be critical if he decides to take on Nelson. It also could help him advance his legislative agenda this year. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune's Zac Anderson reports.
The Florida Legislature is encouraging investment in artificial intelligence and machine-learning technologies, most notably autonomous vehicles, but a proposal to study how rapidly accelerating advances in automation could affect the state's workforce is gaining little traction in its 2018 legislative session, Watchdog.org reports.
A "real rejuvenation" of the US economy appears to be taking place amid the corporate tax overhaul and efforts toward "rationalizing the regulatory structure on business," PCI President and CEO David Sampson told Fox Business. The PCI SmartBrief notes the story.
Texas is the latest state to attack the problem with regulation, Don Lipsy of National Underwriter's PropertyCasualty360.com reports.
Complicated family relationships and vehicle ownership can have an effect on auto insurance coverage, Steven Meyerowitz writes for National Underwriter's PropertyCasualty360.com.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development told states how to spend the $7.4 billion in disaster-recovery money Congress approved after Hurricane Harvey. Tucked into the document's 101 pages is the requirement that any new structures in a floodplain be built well above projected flood levels - virtually the same requirements as those that Trump revoked last August. Bloomberg reports via Insurance Journal.
An appellate court in Texas has ruled that federal law, as opposed to state regulation, prevails when it comes to the amount an air ambulance service may charge insurance companies for its services, Insurance Journal reports.
A bill package was introduced in the state House this week. It would take Michigan from being a no fault state to a full tort or at-fault system. WXYZ.com reports.
The expected net underwriting loss for 2017 of $29.3 billion - which follows a $6.5 billion loss in 2016 - will cause pre-tax operating income to decline substantially to $14.8 billion from $41.1 billion in 2016, according to the Best's Market Segment Report, titled, "U.S. Property/Casualty 2018 Review & Preview." Insurance Journal reports.
As the cogs of change churn through the reinsurance industry bringing new market entrants, InsurTech, and block-chain technologies which promise to rewrite the standard modus operandi, the Reinsurance Association of America President Frank Nutter discussed the challenges of reinsurance adaptation.
US District Judge Christine Arguello has certified several classes covering more than 90,000 au pairs who are suing companies that recruited them to work for US families. Reuters reports via the PLI SmartBrief.
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