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Legislation proposes major changes to Florida’s building code

By: Mike Vasilinda | Capitol News Service June 20, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — Legislation proposing major changes to Florida’s building code was bundled with more than a dozen other changes in construction law during the 2017 legislative session. A coalition of building officials and insurance interests fear the legislation could lead to a patchwork of…

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Jeff Atwater offers insurance advice as hurricane season opens

SaintPetersBlog Staff Reports May 30, 2017 Hurricane season begins Thursday. Are you covered? Are you sure? Better take a look at your policy, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater advised Tuesday. “For a better chance of a complication-free claims process, Floridians should carefully review all insurance policies to ensure that proper coverage is in place for their home,…

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Editorial: Lawmakers ignore insurance mess

Tampa Bay Times Friday, May 26, 2017 5:37pm Florida’s badly broken system for filing and settling insurance claims, which is wreaking havoc in the property insurance market, is creeping into auto policies with Tampa Bay at ground zero. Assignment of benefits, which can lead to costly court battles, is driving up rates for thousands of…

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Winners and Losers of Session

“Mixed Bag– Insurance industry — Nothing majorly good, but given what the predictions for trial bar valor were, coupled with rumors of the repeal of a tax credit for hiring Floridians, not as bad as expected. Plus, hearing the industry got a few base hits on smaller issues.” Read more about the impacts of the…

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Weekly Legislative Update: Week 7 of Session

April 17, 2017 The Personal Insurance Federation of Florida (PIFF) is a leading property & casualty insurance trade association that advocates for a healthy and competitive marketplace for the benefit of insurance consumers in Florida.   HB 47 – Relating to Texting While Driving Representative Stark Summary: Revises penalties for violations of Florida Ban on…

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CFO Atwater Announces Future Plans

Florida Trend TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater anounced today that following the 2017 Legislative Session he will be accepting the position of Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Chief Financial Officer of Florida Atlantic University. In this capacity Atwater will lead strategic initiatives and economic development opportunities for FAU as well…

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Florida Senate President Joe Negron Resigns from Law Firm Job

Miami Herald – Kristen Clark, Steve Bousquet Four days after Republican Gov. Rick Scott suggested lawmakers should be prohibited from working for law firms that lobby the Legislature, Florida Senate President Joe Negron says he is “stepping away” from the law firm he works for. The Stuart Republican announced his resignation in a statement today — provided by his Senate…

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Corcoran Makes Business Pitch for Judiciary Changes

Brandon Larrabee, News Service of Florida, Daily Business Review House Speaker Richard Corcoran called for the business community to rally around his push for changes to Florida’s judiciary, saying failure to do so could make the Legislature’s efforts to pass pro-business legislation futile. Zeroing in specifically on a looming debate over how to respond to…

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