Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report - Thursday, March 01, 2018 - Colodny Fass

Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report - Thursday, March 01, 2018

Date Published: 03-01-2018


Attempt to Overhaul State’s No-Fault Auto Insurance System Fails in Senate Subcommittee

The Legislation, one of House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s priorities, would have ended the State’s No-Fault Auto Insurance Law and moved Florida to an At-Fault System similar to those in 38 other States.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Elizabeth Koh reports for “The Buzz” blog.


Tougher Texting-While-Driving Bill Hits Florida Senate Opposition

A measure aimed at toughening Florida’s Texting-While-Driving Law was positioned Wednesday for a Final House Vote, but has run into trouble from Lawmakers worried it may be used to target black motorists.  John Kennedy reports via the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.


Jimmy Patronis Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop For First Responders

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, also the State’s Fire Marshal, Thursday applauded a Senate Panel’s unanimous Approval of a Workers’ Compensation Insurance Bill that could provide expanded benefits to First Responders with Job-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, reports.


Roofing Company Owner Guilty In $1.7M Tax Fraud Case

The Roofing Company Owner devised a scheme to conceal the amount of wages earned by undocumented employees to avoid paying more than $1.7 Million in Federal Income, Medicare and Social Security Taxes, and more than $1 Million in Florida Worker Compensation Premiums.  Cindy Swirko reports for the Gainesville Sun.


Gun Package in Deep Trouble in Divided Florida House

As the Legislature's elaborate but hurried response to the Massacre heads to the Full House, opposition is growing. The House Bill (HB 7101) is in serious trouble as Members of both Parties keep finding reasons to vote against it.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet reports for “The Buzz” blog.


Bill Abolishing Local Vacation Rental Rules Stalls In Legislature

Bills aimed at repealing City and County Vacation Rental Rules appear to have stalled as the Florida Legislature prepares to wrap up its two-month Legislative Session next week.   The Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Zac Anderson reports.


House and Senate Agree on Funding Plan for Florida Public Schools

Lawmakers continued negotiations Wednesday on a new $87 Billion-plus State Budget, after reaching Agreement on several major issues, including a Funding Plan for Public Schools.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Lloyd Dunkelberger reports via


Democrat Joseph Abruzzo Will Not Seek Re-Election To State House Seat

Though he has spent his entire Tallahassee career in the minority party, Abruzzo gained a reputation for being able to get Legislation passed in the Republican-Controlled Legislature.  The Palm Beach Post reports.


Army Corps Predicted Addicks and Barker Flood Pool Lawsuits, Decided Not To Act

Corps Officials believed that a storm that could spill into homes would be so rare and irregular that it did not necessitate retrofitting the dams to avoid the potential flooding and litigation, despite mounting evidence that the dams increasingly were being constrained on both sides by the Houston area’s rapid development.  Mihir Zaveri reports for the Houston Chronicle.


Tackling The U.S. Flood Insurance Challenge

Flood Risk is one of the most severe natural hazards in the United States, yet one of the least well-managed.  National Underwriter’s Matt Nielsen reports for


Christian Named Aon Benfield’s Global Chairman; Page Promoted to CEO of Aon UK

Aon PLC announced that Dominic Christian has been appointed as Global Chairman of Aon Benfield. At the same time, Julie Page has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Aon UK Ltd., subject to regulatory approval.  Insurance Journal reports.




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