Citizens inspector general: An internal watchdog for the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp., to be selected by Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet, is heading to the floor in both chambers. On Tuesday, the House Regulatory Affairs Committee, without debate, backed a measure (HB 433) that would create an inspector general position within Citizens as has been recommended by Scott and supported by the leadership at Citizens. The next stop for the bill is the House floor. The Senate effort to create the inspector general position is included in a Citizens omnibus package (SB 1770) that is to be on the floor Wednesday.
Liquor sales: A bill (HB 347) that would allow small craft distillers to offer on-site sales is on its way to the House floor after being unanimously approved by the House Regulatory Affairs Committee. The bill would apply to about 20 distillers in Florida that annually produce less than 75,000 gallons of alcohol. It would limit sales for these distillers to two-bottles-per-customer per year, a compromise reached after distributors objected to a proposal that initially would have allowed up to 24 bottles per customer. The liquor also would have to be sold from souvenir shops so the contents can’t be consumed on site.
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Palm Beach Post wire service reports.