LMA NEWSLETTER July 16, 2018

Need Help or Want to Offer Help During a Storm?

Yep, there’s an app for that!

Here at Lisa Miller & Associates, we especially admire those who are using innovation and entrepreneurship to help Florida’s insurance consumers and marketplace.  Count among those Eron Iler, a Tampa Bay area Marine who has developed a free phone app that helps link people who need help during a …

States’ Lawmakers Consider Florida’s Model Flood Legislation

The latest from the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL)

For the past several weeks, a team of us have worked with Florida Representative David Santiago (R-Deltona) and Senator Jeff Brandes (R-Pinellas County) in crafting simple and permissive language to create and nurture a flexible and transparent private flood insurance regulatory framework in every state …

FEMA Risk Ratings Changing

Concern over price and ongoing re-mapping in Florida

While Congress considers yet another short-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (the current version of the NFIP expires on July 31) FEMA continues its flood re-mapping of Florida communities and now says it will announce a risk-rating “redesign” next year in an effort to more …

Feds Approve Florida’s Post-Irma Housing Relief

$75 million reserved to buy-out chronically flooded homes

The federal government has approved Florida’s plan for using $616 million in federal hurricane recovery housing assistance money.  HUD Secretary Ben Carson praised Florida’s disaster response strategies as a model for the nation in approving the 165-page state Action Plan, to replace and repair damaged homes, …

Red-Light Cameras Legal in Florida

So long as local police make the call on ticketing

A federal judge has put to rest, perhaps for good, whether the practice of using red-light cameras in Florida is legal.   U.S. District Court Federico Moreno sided with more than 70 cities and counties in dismissing a class action seeking refunds for motorists who had …

Smokeable Medical Pot Not Legal for Now in Florida

Legal process must be followed says higher court

One of the many subplots to the drama that’s become legalization of medical marijuana in Florida is whether patients are allowed to smoke pot.  A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal recently said no, overturning a circuit court decision, criticizing the judge who …

Revising Florida’s State Constitution

Amendment 10 mandates certain offices and a January start of session in odd-years

(Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series on the 13 proposed state constitutional amendments that will appear on this November’s ballot for Florida voters to consider.)

Amendment 10 is actually four proposals in one amendment.  It would require the Florida …

Strength Through the Storm

If you can, please read the Strength Through the Storm magazine that we mentioned in our opening to this newsletter.  There’s so much bravery reported in that publication and as well over the past two weeks, as none of us could resist following the drama of the perilous crisis of the boys trapped in the …