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New Year Promises Fast Start in Florida Politics

New Year Promises Fast Start in Florida Politics

The new year will get off to a fast start in Florida governmental affairs and promises to active at least until we approach the next holiday season.  This year is an election year in Florida.  This means the Florida legislature will meet early in the year, with the session beginning January 11.  The 60-day session […]

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Next Legislative Session Just Around the Corner

Next Legislative Session Just Around the Corner

It’s hard to believe September is here. It seems like the 2019 legislative session just concluded.   In reality, though, the 2020 session is just around the corner. The 2020 session will have an early start date—it runs from January 14 through March 13 (assuming it ends on time). The early start date means committee meetings will […]

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AOB Reform Advances Without Auto Glass Fix

AOB Reform Advances Without Auto Glass Fix

The Florida House of Representatives has passed its version of Assignment of Benefits (AOB) reform. The bill has been a priority of key policymakers, including CFO Jimmy Patronis and Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier. You can learn more here. The bill is aimed at reducing abuses that have plagued the Florida property insurance market when consumers […]

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PIP Repeal Bill Passes Senate Committee

PIP Repeal Bill Passes Senate Committee

A Senate committee has advanced SB 1052 on a 5-3 vote. The bill is one of two proposals pending in the Senate that would replace Florida’s no-fault (PIP) auto insurance system with mandatory bodily injury coverage. The other Senate bill has not been heard in committee. Perhaps more importantly, the Florida House also has not […]

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Flood Disclosure Adjustment Continues to Move

Flood Disclosure Adjustment Continues to Move

A second Senate committee has approved an adjusting to existing law relating to flood insurance disclosures.  Last year, the legislature adopted a requirement for all homeowners’ policies to state that they do not cover flood damage.  Unfortunately, there is no exception in the current law for policies that actually do contain flood insurance in the […]

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Legislative Session Draws Near

Legislative Session Draws Near

The 2019 Florida legislative session in only about a week away.  This year’s session will be different in some respects than recent sessions, if only due to significant changes in executive branch and legislative officers.  The Governor’s office often sets the tone for legislative sessions through developing proposed budgets and advancing public policy issues.  The […]

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House Proposals Address Auto Insurance Issues

House Proposals Address Auto Insurance Issues

Two bills of interest to the auto insurance industry have been filed in the Florida House of Representatives. Neither has a Senate companion yet, although it is still early. HB 323 attempts to address concerns with an explosion of auto glass claims and resulting litigation. The bill would prohibit motor vehicle repair shops and their […]

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Session Might Bring Updated Trade Secret Process

Session Might Bring Updated Trade Secret Process

The insurance industry should stay tuned in the 2018 session for potential updates to Florida’s trade secret laws.  Insurers are familiar with Section 624.4213, which creates a process for protecting information submitted to the Office of Insurance Regulation or the Florida Department of Financial Services.  Although the current law has been helpful in creating a […]

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House and Senate Remain Apart on AOB Reform

House and Senate Remain Apart on AOB Reform

Just two weeks into the 2018 legislative session, the Florida House of Representatives and Senate continue to take distinct approaches to the “assignment of benefits” concerns affecting Floridians through increased insurance premiums.  The House passed a bill containing reforms directed at the root of the problem–  the one-way attorneys’ fee statute against insurers, which has […]

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OIR Updates Irma Response

OIR Updates Irma Response

Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier provided updates to the Florida Senate and House of Representatives committees responsible for overseeing insurance issues.  Commissioner Altmaier began by summarizing steps the OIR took prior to Hurricane Irma to prepare for the event and provide information to insurers.  These steps included press releases and other consumer-oriented communications, outreach to insurers […]

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