Year: 2017

Growing Florida’s Private Flood Market – Part One

Florida’s private flood insurance market is growing while Congress tries to find its way to potential fixes for the beleaguered National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  Just in time for the start of hurricane season, the Florida Legislature has made it even easier for private insurance companies to write flood coverage in the Sunshine State.  The private market is seen as …

LMA NEWSLETTER JUNE 12, 2017

The Summer Bug

It’s the summer – maybe not officially according to the June 21 calendar start, but judging by the outdoor thermometer temperatures and volume (and size of) mosquitoes, yes, it’s summer!  Florida’s elected leaders are sounding the alarm bell about the mosquito-born Zika virus and you may be wondering, why do some people get bitten more than others?  …

LMA NEWSLETTER MAY 30, 2017

Memorial Day in Action

Yesterday, May 29th was Memorial Day, our nation’s commemoration of the sacrifices made by those whose lives were lost for the freedoms we hold sacred.  Whether our veterans survived their military service, or were killed on the field of battle, our country owes each of them, and their families, a debt of gratitude.

As we look …

The Death of AOB Reform

Many of you have watched the Florida Legislature for years. I don’t want you to walk away from this blog thinking that all is lost.  We live in a democratic republic and it’s the best one in the world, like it or not.  I’m 57 years old and I started in the legislative process when I was 18.  And I’ve …

LMA NEWSLETTER MAY 15, 2017

Will They Be Baaack? The Session’s “Terminator” Issues

Will there be a special session to prevent smokeable medical marijuana from becoming the (Florida Department of Health) rule of the land? And will a special session answer the question of how many dispensaries Florida should have, i.e. one on every corner or a limited number?  These are the two critical issues …

Major Insurance Issues Fail in Florida Legislative Session – Podcast Explains How & Why

The Florida Legislature ended its 2017 session this week three days late – and without passing most of the major insurance-related bills.  These include Assignment of Benefits reform, Workers’ Compensation reform as mandated by the state Supreme Court, and No-Fault Personal Injury Protection automobile insurance reform.  What went wrong?  Host Lisa Miller, a former Florida deputy insurance commissioner, takes the …

LMA NEWSLETTER MAY 8, 2017

Legislative Roller Coaster

Because so many of you have been following the legislative session with LMA, you know this last week has been a roller coaster.  We reported a couple of weeks ago that the House Appropriations Committee met and passed a “continuation budget” which has never occurred in recent legislative history and proved to be a strategic maneuver by …

Steve Uhlfelder talks with Lisa Miller about the 2017 Legislative Session

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In the closing days of the 2017 Florida Legislative Session, Uhlfelder & Associates founder Steve Uhlfelder shares his views on some of the policy disagreements this session and whether a gubernatorial veto is likely, based on his more than 30 years of public policy and consulting experience.  www.sulaw.net

Taylor Biehl talks with Lisa Miller about the 2017 Legislative Session

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In the closing days of the 2017 Florida Legislative Session,  Capitol Alliance Group Legislative Programs Director Taylor Patrick Biehl discusses passage of the bill to implement the voter-approved constitutional amendment allowing residential use of solar power as well as efforts to approve a bill on the use of medical marijuana to treat debilitating conditions.  www.CapitolAllianceGroup.com

Ben Pollara talks with Lisa Miller about the 2017 Legislative Session

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In the closing days of the 2017 Florida Legislative Session,  “Florida For Care” Executive Director Ben Pollara discusses bills to implement the voter-approved constitutional amendment allowing the use of medical marijuana to treat debilitating conditions and the prospect that it can reduce opioid abuse and deaths in Florida.  www.floridaforcare.org