Flood insurance

Stacy Young

When it comes to flood insurance in Florida most people agree on one thing – there’s not enough information.

Just ask Lori Medders, director of the catastrophic storm risk management center at Florida State University.

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Governor Rick Scott signed more than 90 bills into law Friday. It includes a bill banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors as well as a controversial abortion bill.

Among the bills Scott approved is a measure seeking to change the 2016 Legislative Session’s start date from March to January. Originally, the bill would have affected all even-numbered year Sessions, but Rep. Jeanette Nuñez (R-Miami) says it later got watered down.

Capital Report: 04-28-2014

Apr 28, 2014

A bill filed to make sure tragedies like Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting don’t happen in Florida passed the state House Monday. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, the measure that could allow teachers to carry guns on school campus drew a lot of fire from Democrats.

Plans to divide the jointly-run Florida A&M -Florida State University College of Engineering are on hold, for now. Lynn Hatter reports legislative budget officials dropped the idea during Sunday negotiations, opting instead to do a study on whether the split is even feasible.

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The Florida Senate approved a slew of measures, teed up some others, and put several measures on hold. They range from an inmate porn ban to a bill stiffening the penalties for hit-and-run drivers.

Flood Insurance Bill

The Florida Senate started off the Session by quickly passing St. Petersburg Republican Senator Jeff Brandes’ Florida Insurance legislation. The measure aims to make it easier for private companies to sell flood insurance.

“Senator Brandes, you are recognized on the bill,” said Senate President Don Gaetz.

Stacy Young

The State of Florida is backing a Mississippi lawsuit to repeal a federal rule that Governor Rick Scott says could turn Floridians out of their homes. 

Scott says Congress didn’t do all it said it would do before passing the Biggert-Waters act, which will increase Floridians' flood insurance costs by phasing out subsidized policies. And Scott accuses President Obama of failing to take charge.

“He’s not led in this area. He signed a bill. They didn’t do their job. They were supposed to do a study they didn't do that," Scott said.