What can we expect?
The Florida Legislature kicks-off its 2019 session tomorrow with a State-of-the-State address by Governor DeSantis who will outline his priorities in a proposed $91.3 billion state budget. The big insurance issue: the growing cost of property insurance claims litigation. But there are also bills that would change Florida’s no-fault auto insurance and more than 200 bills funding much-needed Hurricane Michael relief to the 14 Panhandle counties still struggling with debris cleanup and recovery.
There are other issues of interest lawmakers are addressing, including whether to allow smokeable medical marijuana and how to address ongoing water quality issues. I had the opportunity to sit down last week with Jim Saunders, Executive Editor of the News Service of Florida for a preview on what to expect this session. Our conversation is in this new edition of The Florida Insurance Roundup podcast.
The podcast Shownotes, as always, summarize the conversation – we take the notes so you don’t have to and can just relax and listen. This past week Jim also published the Ten Big Issues to Watch During the 2019 Session. It’s a quick but comprehensive primer on the major issues of this session.
LMA Newsletter of 3-4-19