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Supreme Court to Take up ‘AOB’ Insurance Fight

December 29, 2018 - 6:00am

Amid continuing political and legal battles about the insurance practice known as “assignment of benefits,” the Florida Supreme Court has agreed to take up a closely watched case stemming from water damage to a St. Lucie County home.

Medical Marijuana Law Is Constitutional as Written, State Tells Appeals Court

December 27, 2018 - 6:00am

Defending a 2017 law that set regulations for the state’s medical-marijuana industry, Florida Department of Health attorneys have asked an appeals court to overturn a circuit judge’s ruling that they say “injected confusion and uncertainty” into the licensing of marijuana firms.

FPL Fires Back in Dispute over Refund, Rates

December 27, 2018 - 6:00am

Describing the case as “specious, legally and factually baseless,” Florida Power & Light has asked state regulators to reject a petition that seeks to force the utility to refund as much as $736 million to customers and reduce base electric rates.

Volusia County Takes Aim at Amendment 10

December 19, 2018 - 6:00am
Leon County Courthouse

After losing an earlier challenge, Volusia County has filed a lawsuit seeking to be shielded from a newly approved constitutional amendment that deals with sheriffs and other types of county officials across the state.

DeSantis Taps Zingale as Transition Continues

December 18, 2018 - 6:00am
Jim Zingale

With little more than three weeks before he takes office, Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis on Monday proposed bringing back a state-government veteran to run the Florida Department of Revenue --- while a transition committee continued delving into environmental and land issues.

T.K. Wetherell, Longtime FSU President and Legislator, Dies

December 16, 2018 - 6:15pm
T.K. Wetherell

T.K. Wetherell, a former state House speaker who went on to become president of his alma mater, Florida State University, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, the university announced. He was 72.

Blame Lawsuits, Says Citizens: Rates Likely to Rise an Average 8.2 Percent

December 12, 2018 - 1:15pm

The board of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. approved a plan Wednesday that would raise residential insurance rates by an average of 8.2 percent starting in September ---- with the hikes hitting almost all customers of the state-backed insurer.

Constitutional Amendment Spurs Call for Stay of Execution

December 12, 2018 - 6:00am

With an execution looming Thursday, attorneys for Death Row inmate Jose Antonio Jimenez say he should be spared from lethal injection because of a constitutional amendment passed last month by Florida voters.

Citizens Pitches Insurance Rate Hikes

December 11, 2018 - 6:00am

With the state-backed insurer blaming costly water-damage claims in South Florida, residential customers of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. could see an average 8.2 percent rate increase next year, according to a new proposal.

Groups Say FPL Should Be Required to Refund Money

December 6, 2018 - 1:00pm

In a high-stakes case, attorneys for consumers and two business groups are asking state regulators to require Florida Power & Light to refund as much as $736 million to customers and are calling for a review of the utility’s base electric rates.

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