Capitol to Courthouse Daily Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, February 10
Feb 10, 2011
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2:00 p.m. National Association of Insurance Commissioners Surplus Lines Implementation Task Force Clearinghouse Plan of Operation Subgroup meeting. To participate in the teleconference, call 201-689-8535.
SB 938 relating to Insurance by Senator Rhonda Storms
SB 938 would prohibit an insurer that issues motor vehicle insurance from using a rate, rating schedule, rating manual, or an underwriting rule that is not contained in a rating manual and is determined in whole or in part on the basis of certain characteristics of an insured. The bill would also prohibit insurers from using credit reports and credit scores in making rating determinations. Further, it would delete provisions limiting and regulating the use of credit scores by insurers when making rating determinations. Effective date: July 1, 2011
SB 926 relating to Liability/Employers of Developmentally Disabled by Senator Rhonda Storms
SB 926 would provide that an employer, under certain circumstances, is not liable for the acts or omissions of an employee who is a person with a developmental disability. It also would provide that a not-for-profit supported employment service provider that provides or has provided supported employment services to an employee with a developmental disability is not liable for the actions or conduct of the employee occurring within the scope of the employee’s employment. The bill defines the term “person with a developmental disability.” Effective date: July 1, 2011
HB 689 Relating to Driver Improvement Schools and Education Programs by State Representative Lori Berman
HB 689 would require the curricula of driver improvement schools and education programs to include instruction on risks associated with using a handheld electronic communication device while operating a motor vehicle. Effective date: July 1, 2011
Representatives from 17 auto Insurance companies joined forces with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office during a one-day crackdown on motorists who drive without insurance.
Insurance Research Council Analysis Also Finds Growing Utilization of Expensive Diagnostic Procedures and Chiropractic Treatment
Almost one in every three no-fault auto insurance claims closed in Florida in 2007 appeared to involve the exaggeration of an injury or to be inflated by unnecessary or excessive medical treatment, according to a new study from the Insurance Research Council.
A controversial measure insulating Ford Motor Company and other automakers in product liability cases passed its first House panel on Wednesday, but not before being changed to blunt its impact on crash cases in which a jury determines the automobile defect was the cause of injury.
Nursing homes and group homes push for lawsuit limitations.
The president suggests allowing states more time to repay billions borrowed for unemployment benefits.
Governor Rick Scott made a campaign-like splash this week, proclaiming to national cable news audiences and tea partiers that his $65.9-billion budget proposal to lawmakers would cut government spending by around $5 billion.
Fifteen high-ranking officials of Florida’s corrections system are being let go as new Governor Rick Scott, and his new corrections chief put their team in place.
Governor Rick Scott on the campaign trail — and again shortly after he was elected — vowed to push for one of the nation’s most expansive school voucher programs.
New House Transportation Chairman John Mica told a high speed rail conference today that’s he hired former Florida Transportation Secretary Stephanie Kopelousos to serve as the committee’s special counsel.
The new chief of Florida’s growth management agency on Tuesday made some suggestions that sound like what some statewide environmental groups have been advocating – an increased focus on long-range planning and less oversight of growth in urban areas.
The Florida Capitol saw a political flashback on Wednesday when former Gov. Charlie Crist teamed up with former Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink to call on Floridians to support a constitutional ban on oil drilling off the state’s coast.
Some critics of Marion County’s proposed takeover of the Silver Springs attraction have instead suggested that the site’s actual owner – the state of Florida – could bring Florida’s oldest tourist attraction into the fold of the state park system.
Cities and counties throughout Florida have promised more than they can afford in retirement benefits to their employees – a “ticking time bomb” for local governments, a study released Wednesday concludes.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announced its 2011 legislative priorities a jobs creating agenda designed to reset Floridas economy and help create at least 135,000 net new jobs by years end.
State senators on Tuesday called for the closure of a home for developmentally disabled men in Seffner that permitted sex between its residents, and demanded greater accountability from the state agency that oversees the facility.
Fifteen bids have been submitted on Florida’s two remaining state planes.
Senator Ben Brooks, R-Mobile, has introduced more than a half dozen coastal insurance proposals for this year’s upcoming legislative session.
Utah licensed 54 new captives in 2010, bringing the state’s year-end total to 188 and catapulting Utah over South Carolina and Hawaii to become the second-largest domestic domicile.
The Mississippi House has approved a plan that would allow employers to buy group health insurance policies anywhere in the country, not just from Mississippi insurers.
The following information was released by Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Democratic Caucus:
State Representative Dom Costa has reintroduced his bill that would protect the public from unscrupulous insurance adjusters by strengthening state regulations.
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