LMA NEWSLETTER April 23, 2018

Trial Lawyers Stopped from Intruding on Policyholders

I had the privilege of serving as Chief of Staff to the Department of Financial Services (DFS) and those of us who have served in that position have different priorities during the two to four year tenure of the job. My priority during my term was to help the Divisions of Consumer Services, Agent and …

Judge Approves Growing Your Own Medical Marijuana

Florida Health Department appealing decision

A Leon County Circuit Court Judge has cleared the way for a Tampa cancer patient – who also co-owns a medical marijuana treatment clinic – to grow his own marijuana plants for the purpose of juicing them in a blender and consuming them in accordance with his doctor’s orders.  The …

NFIP Restrictions Easing on Homeowners and Agents

“No Flood Insurance Required”?

While Congressional inaction continues on needed reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), its parent FEMA has made additional program changes to encourage private flood insurance market alternatives.  It’s part of the NFIP’s bi-annual program changes impacting its 5.2 million policyholders, 1.8 million of them here in Florida.

We reported …

Constitution Revision Commission Adds 8 Proposed Amendments to November’s Ballot

Concern of “log-rolling” more than 20 proposals into 8 measures

Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission last week gave final approval to put eight proposed amendments to the state constitution on the ballot this November for Florida voters to consider.  They will join five others placed on the ballot by the Legislature or citizens’ initiatives.   But because …

Could the Real Estate MLS System Change Again?

The fight between proprietary and unrestricted data

In real estate, as in insurance, data – good data – is a commodity and crucial to an organization’s success.  Sometimes it’s proprietary and other times shared across an industry.  So it is with the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) that real estate brokers use as a rich database …

Ma, Pa, Grandma, and Jim-Bob Now Living Together

Multiple generations sharing one roof hits an all-time high

The number of Americans living in multigenerational households has hit a record high of 64 million people – 20% of the U.S. population.  A new report by the Pew Research Center says that despite improvements in the economy, so-called multigenerational living is growing among nearly all …

Renewing Vehicle Registration in Florida Just Got Easier

Now there’s an app for that!

Florida motorists have an on-the-road and on-the-water alternative to renewing their vehicle and vessel registration.  The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has launched a new mobile app called MyFlorida, that’s expanding options for vehicle and vessel registration renewal services as well as offering additional conveniences to customers.…

Remembering Barbara Bush

I opened the Tallahassee Democrat Saturday morning (yes, I still get a newspaper in my driveway every day!) and saw a picture of President Bush (Bush 41), with his daughter solemnly looking at Barbara Bush’s stately casket in Houston’s St. Martin Episcopal Church.  And yesterday’s paper had an image of her 8 grandsons serving as …