Capitol Reax: AOB reform, workers compensation, medical marijuana, gun bills

The House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee approved an assignment of benefits reform bill Tuesday. The bill links fees to pre-litigation

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House committee rejects attorney-fee amendment, OKs workers’ comp bill

The House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee voted Tuesday narrowly against requiring workers to pay their own attorney fees in disputes

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House chairman seeks ‘good faith’ as hearings open on workers’ comp draft bill

The House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee opened hearings on a 28-page draft bill on workers’s compensation reform Tuesday, as Chairman

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With role on the line, NCCI insists: We’re not ‘an evil empire unto itself’

The National Council on Compensation Insurance will take no position on a Senate bill that would require workers’ compensation carriers to

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Insurance companies have plenty to worry about as Legislative Session opens

The insurance industry already has a good idea how one of it’s top priorities for the 2017 Legislative Session seems

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House, Senate release details of their workers’ compensation legislation

The Senate released its version of a workers’ compensation fix Friday, and the measure would lift limits on attorney fees

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First responders suffering from PTSD addressed in Vic Torres bill

The Pulse nightclub massacre took its toll on at least one Orlando cop who responded that horrible morning and state

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AIF workers’ comp fix would make employees pay their own attorney fees

Associated Industries of Florida released its fix for rising workers’ compensation rates Tuesday. The lobby’s proposed legislation would make injured

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House panel homes in on attorney fees for workers’ compensation fix

The chairman of a key House subcommittee said Wednesday that legislation to address rising worker’s compensation premiums will include curbs

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Florida Chamber hosting summit in Miami to take on state’s insurance woes

With the Legislature poised to confront major challenges to Florida’s insurance industry and the businesses and consumers who rely on

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Press organizations file brief in workers’ compensation rate hike appeal

The Associated Press, Florida Press Association, and Florida First Amendment Foundation have entered the legal battle over whether the state’s

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NCCI, state insurance office can’t evade Sunshine Law, brief argues

The group behind a 14.5 percent workers’ compensation premium can’t get around Florida’s Sunshine Law by arguing that a single

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Workers’ compensation debate turns to employees’ point of view

Employee dissatisfaction with Florida’s workers’ compensation system emerged as an issue during a House committee hearing Wednesday, amid suggestions they

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Richard Chait: Reform workers’ comp to protect Florida’s businesses and workers

Richard Chait It’s no secret to lawmakers, business owners and workers throughout the state that Florida’s workers’ compensation system is

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1st DCA rejects challenge to evidence standard in workers’ comp case

An intermediate state appeals court refused Monday to let a workers’ compensation claimant introduce a second medical opinion, in a

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Insurance office finds workers’ compensation market stable, competitive

Despite broad consternation over rising workers’ compensation insurance rates, Florida’s market is relatively stable and competitive, according to an analysis

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Ratings agency warns in brief against ‘dramatic expansion’ of Sunshine Law

An insurance organization that proposes workers’ compensation coverage rates in Florida defended itself in pleadings to a state appeals court

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Infamous dates: The moments that shaped Florida politics in 2016

Everyone expected Florida to play an important role in politics this year. And why wouldn’t they? Presidential hopefuls hailed from

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Jim Rosica’s review of top state government stories in 2016

From algebra to Zika, 2016 brought a plethora of material to the Capitol Press Corps. Trying to pick the top state

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Use of boat gets Orlando man arrested for workers’ comp fraud

An ill-advised boating excursion helped land an Orlando man behind bars for alleged workers’ compensation insurance fraud. Chief Financial Officer

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Appeal Court sets speedy arguments over workers’ comp premium hike

A state appeal court has set up an expedited hearing schedule in a challenge to Florida’s 14.5 percent increase in

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Sunshine Law invoked in arguments over workers’ comp rate increase

The public will suffer irreparable harm unless a state appeal court stays Florida’s 14.5 percent increase in workers’ compensation insurance premiums,

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AIF emphasizes job-killing aspect of Florida’s workers’ comp increases

Business leaders emphasized the risk rising workers’ compensation costs pose to Florida’s economic competitiveness during an Associated Industries of Florida-sponsored

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Workers comp rate hike ruling gives trial lawyers reason to cheer. But how long will it last?

Karen Gievers This Thanksgiving, a Leon County judge gave trial lawyers one more reason to be thankful. But that may

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Insurance office appeals ruling blocking workers’ comp premium hike

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has appealed a trial court ruling blocking a 14.5 percent increase in workers’ compensation insurance

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Judge voids 14.5 percent workers’ comp rate increase

A circuit court judge Wednesday struck down a 14.5 percent increase in workers’ compensation insurance rates due to begin taking effect

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Associated Industries seeks public comment on workers’ comp rates

Associated Industries of Florida moved Tuesday to build public support behind a fix for rising workers’ compensation insurance rates that

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U.S. Supreme Court declines to review Fla. worker’s comp case

The U.S. Supreme Court is taking a pass on considering a case challenging Florida’s workers’ compensation system. Without comment, the court

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David Altmaier promises active role in workers’ compensation debate

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has no plans to draft its own legislative fix for rising workers’ compensation rates,

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Paul M. Anderson: Stereotypes won’t help Florida workers – or produce real reform

As the chair-elect of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar, I believe it is important to correct misconceptions

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