Florida legislature News

Roofing Company Claims Victory, Dismisses Lawsuit Restricting Solicitations

When the Florida Legislature approved Senate Bill 76 last year, with its restrictions on homeowner solicitation by roofing contractors, insurers saw it as a major blow against runaway fraudulent and exaggerated roof claims. Then a contractor, Gale Force Roofing and …

Florida Legislature Passes Property Insurance Reinsurance Bill

By Wednesday morning, it was all over except for the speeches. The five-day special session on the insurance crisis turned into just three days, and without seeing adoption of a single significant modification to two bills that had been carefully …

Florida Bills Limit Roof Refusal by Insurers, Add New Fund

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Legislation proposed by Florida lawmakers for an upcoming special session to reform the state’s property insurance market would create a $2 billion reinsurance fund and prohibit insurers from automatically denying coverage to homeowners’ with older roofs. …

Property Insurance Reform Bill Dies as Fla. Legislative Session Draws to a Close

With just two days left in the 2022 Florida legislative session, a comprehensive property insurance reform bill appears to be dead. But lawmakers were said to be looking for ways to fold some of the main provisions into other bills …

Reforms Are Bitter Pill For Some Whose Kids Had Brain Injury

MIAMI (AP) — Leanne Lewis was sleeping late on her 26th birthday when she was awakened by the piercing sound of her mother-in-law’s screams: “Brady! Brady! Brady!” Lewis’ 4-year-old son, BradyJ Lee Yarbrough, who had been stricken with catastrophic brain …

Arming Teachers Won’t Make Schools Safer: Viewpoint

Florida this month became the latest state to allow teachers to carry guns at school — even though there is no evidence to suggest this can reduce school violence, and ample reason to fear the unintended consequences. The new law …

Insurers and Others Urge Supreme Court to Limit Assignment of Benefits

The main battle may be at the Florida state capitol as lawmakers consider reforming the state’s assignment of benefits law, but insurers, trial lawyers and contractors staked out their positions this week in a separate skirmish at the state Supreme …

Florida Legislature Can’t Agree on Medical Marijuana

Rules to enact Florida’s medical marijuana amendment went up in smoke on Friday after the Legislature failed to pass a bill. The House and Senate agreed on most key parts of a bill putting rules in place for Amendment 2. …

Ban on Texting-While-Driving Back in Legislature

A statewide texting-while-driving ban that has eluded passage for several years is again moving through the Florida Legislature. The Senate Communications committee meets Wednesday to consider the bill (SB 52). Opponents have long likened it to needless government intrusion, but …

Failed Claims Bills Revived in Florida Legislature

Emotion-packed bills that would compensate two men whose lives were turned upside down by governmental mistakes will get another chance during Florida’s 2012 legislative session after the measures died in the frantic final hours of the 2011 session. They are …