Welcome to

Capitol News Service

Florida's Best Political Television Coverage

Recent Posts

Capitol News Service Channel

Oops, something went wrong.

RSS Capitol News LIVE

  • Drivers License Suspensions Under Senate Scrutiny 1, October8, 2015
    Nearly one point four million Floridians had their drivers license suspended last year. The vast majority of the suspensions were for failing to pay a fine, and as Mike Vasilinda tells us, lawmakers say the system creates a vicious cycle from which some people never recover. Every day, on just about every police blotter in […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Senate Panel Votes to Remove Confederate Flag from Seal 1, October8, 2015
    The Confederate flag is still on display in a prominent place in Florida’s Capitol. As Matt Galka tells us, Florida state Senators could be removing it entirely soon. It’s not the most noticeable symbol at the Capitol. But for State Senator Arthenia Joyner, the Confederate Flag on the Senate’s seal became plain as day over […]
    Matt Galka
  • Pastor Protection Act Clears First Committee 1, October7, 2015
    The Supreme Court ruling earlier this year legalizing gay marriage across the country has sparked potential new legislation in Florida. As Matt Galka tells us, some in Florida’s Capitol believe clergy need new protections to preserve their faith. St. Petersburg pastor Paul Gibson doesn’t have same sex couples knocking down his door for him to […]
    Matt Galka
  • Backyard Gun Ranges Could Soon Be Illegal in Urban Areas 1, October7, 2015
    Back yard gun ranges and firing a gun into the air to celebrate…if it’s in an urban area, would be against the law under a bill that cleared its second legislative committee today. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, lawmakers say they are trying to balance public safety with the rights of gun owners. Residents of […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Open Carry Could be Coming to Florida 1, October6, 2015
    Florida owns the record for concealed carry permits in the country. But as Matt Galka tells us, more than one million Floridians with those permits could soon be able to walk around with their guns on display. 45 states allow some type of open carry of firearms.  Florida is one of only five that outlaw […]
    Matt Galka
  • Lawmakers Criticize Medical Marijuana Delay (Again) 1, October6, 2015
    The state Department of Health was unable to provide lawmakers with a timeline today as to when low THC marijuana will be available to patients. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, the authorizing legislation was passed almost 18 months ago, and the failure to deliver the medicine is frustrating lawmakers. Five licenses to grow medical marijuana […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Senate Committee Sends Message to Boycotters of Israel 1, October6, 2015
      Saying they wanted to make a political statement without compromising the states retirement account, a state senate committee today approved legislation prohibiting the state from buying stock in a company that boycotts Israel. State Senator Joe Negron, the bills sponsor, says the legislation hopes to combat an international effort to hurt Israel’s economy. “The […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Alzheimer’s Legislation Would Fund Tracking Program 1, October5, 2015
    A pilot project to help find Alzheimer’s victims and Autistic individuals who wander (is expected to clear) a legislative committee at the State Capitol today. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, the idea is to set up a pilot tracking program through the University of Florida. In this decade, Florida’s population is expected to grow 11 […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Citizens Regulations Bill Coming Back 1, October5, 2015
    The Governor vetoed legislation earlier this year that lawmakers said would protect customers in the state run Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. As Matt Galka tells us, the Governor’s veto pen has not deterred state representatives from bringing the bill back. Citizens property insurance shed more than a million policies in the past 4 years. Less […]
    Matt Galka
  • Revenge Porn Law Goes on the Books in Florida 1, October2, 2015
    Revenge porn, or the practice of sharing intimate pictures of someone without their permission, now has a penalty attached to it. As Matt Galka tells us, a former Florida State student who was instrumental in the bill’s passing says it’s about time. Former Florida State student Carly Hellstrom had limited options two years ago. She […]
    Matt Galka

RSS Quote of the Day

  • John Wooden
    "It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."
  • William James
    "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
  • Thomas A. Edison
    "I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world."
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
    "Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend."



Oops, something went wrong.
Oops, something went wrong.

Florida Drivers to Enter Digital Age

December 10th, 2013 by Mike Vasilinda

If you are stopped by a police officer for speeding or anything else, one of the first requests you’ll hear is “ show me your proof of insurance.”  Usually the paper card is in your wallet or lost somewhere in your glove compartment, but soon, you may be able to keep that proof on your phone.

At any given time, as many a million drivers in Florida are on the road without insurance. Decades ago, the state made it a ticket able offense not to carry proof your car is insured. The fine is a hundred dollars..It drops to ten if you prove you were insured when you were stopped.

“ Any comments or discussion? Hearing none, the motion carries.” said Governor Rick Scott.   With a vote by the Governor and Cabinet, Florida will become the eighth state to step into the electronic age by allowing motorists to carry proof of insurance on their smart phones. Highway Safety Director Julie Jones told reporters afterward “This way you have proof of insurance no matter what vehicle you are driving.”

Getting ticketed for not having having that little insurance card made news this past year when it was learned state troopers gave out bogus tickets to speeding lawmakers..citing them for not having insurance instead of speeding

There is one drawback to the proposal, if you hand your device out the window to the officer, and it falls you’re responsible, not the officer.

You can scan the form into your phone, take a picture, or download it from your insurance company. Next on the horizon…digital drivers licenses.

Highway Safety’s Jones says a pilot project is underway to allow digital licenses. “The fraud issue is key to the drivers license. We will have to figure out how to encrypt it, and then have some kind of a smart phone bump, maybe, to validate that it is indeed an encrypted drivers license” says Jones.

New digital license could be out on the road and in your phone by the middle of 2015.

326 thousand tickets were written for failure to provide proof of insurance last year.











Posted in State News | Comments Off on Florida Drivers to Enter Digital Age

Comments are closed.

copyright © 2013 by Capitol News Service | Powered by Wordpress | Hosted by LyonsHost.com