Capitol to Courthouse Daily Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, February 8
Feb 7, 2011
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HB 4133 relating to Professional Geology by Senator Don Gaetz
HB 4133 would repeal provisions relating to regulation, licensure and discipline of professional geologists; the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Board of Professional Geologists and practice of professional geology by firms, corporations and partnerships. Effective date: July 1, 2011
HB 635 relating to Group Insurance for Public Employees by State Representative Kelli Stargel
HB 635 would require that school districts procure certain types of insurance through interlocal agreements and would establish the “School District Insurance Consortium,” which would be governed by a board of directors that would contract for such insurance based on the award of competitive bids on statewide or regional basis and the selection of multiple insurance providers. The bill would also require that school districts engage in collective bargaining with certified bargaining agent for any unit of employees for which health, accident, or hospitalization insurance is provided. Effective date: July 1, 2011
Due in part to claims from California rainstorms and Florida sinkholes, Los Angeles-based Mercury Insurance reported a fourth quarter net loss of $23.6 million, compared with net income of $34.2 million for the same period in 2009.
There have been some staff changes at the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.
- To view the Office of Insurance Regulation’s new organizational chart, click here.
The Florida Senate and Banking Insurance Committee has approved a bill that would deregulate a variety of commercial lines of insurance by allowing insurers to offer the coverage without first obtaining the Office of Insurance Regulation’s approval for its rates.
A Senate committee delayed voting Monday on a proposed property Insurance bill designed to crack down on fraudulent or excessive sinkhole claims.
A Senate banking and insurance committee meeting got heated today during debate over sinkhole insurance reforms.
When work crews showed up Monday to start removing the Chinese drywall from Eleanor Aguilar’s three-story Lauderhill townhouse, she insisted on swinging the first sledgehammer.
Anyone who has ever insured anything — a car, a house, or, if you’re J.Lo, a sumptuously rotund rump — knows that insurance companies are about as trustworthy as automobile salesmen: You had better read the fine print lest the deal come back to kick you in the junk.
Brown & Brown Inc.’s revenues for 2010 increased less than 1% to $973.5 million from a year earlier, the Daytona Beach, Fla.-based broker said Monday.
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater wants anyone sending comments to the oil spill compensation fund to drop him a line.
A rental truck and an SUV bumped into each other at Blue Heron Boulevard and Military Trail in Riviera Beach, causing only scratches and some chipped paint.
Marguerite Pace, 48, has a business degree, a law degree and passes her time in a Sarasota nursing home bed.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida and United Healthcare together controlled 65 percent of Florida’s commercial health Insurance market in 2008, up from 41 percent two years earlier, according to a new report by the American Medical Association.
The head of a Ohio-based company that has delayed the creation of a new statewide prescription drug database insists that he’s not trying to be “a troublemaker.”
Governor Rick Scott proposed the largest spending cut in state history Monday, submitting a $65.9 billion budget plan that would slash expenditures by nearly $5 billion, eliminate 8,700 state jobs and deeply cut state programs ranging from schools to health care programs for the poor and disabled.
- Scott’s $65.9B ‘jobs budget’ cuts corporate income tax
- Scott wants to reduce state planners and eliminate funding for Florida Forever
- THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA: End of Stimulus Hits Public Schools in Scott Plan
- Leaders Begin Scrutinizing Scott’s Proposed Budget
- Scott plan would spark ‘massive layoffs’ and other pain, educators say
Vote delayed to hear input, fine-tune bill
A scheduled vote on a bill that would change the rates of unemployment compensation taxes and the way jobless claims are paid out was postponed in a state Senate committee meeting Monday.
Comparing Florida’s tax collection apparatus to an “honor system,” a Miami-Dade grand jury has urged Tallahassee to ease budget woes by going after convenience stores, car dealers and other small businesses holding back sales tax.
A Senate panel delayed action on a sweeping unemployment compensation bill for two weeks after the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee spent more than an hour discussing a bill that would limit lawsuits against car manufacturers.
Two Miami Republicans have filed bills that would allow sewage treatment plants in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties to delay reducing their discharges into the Atlantic Ocean.
After years of fighting for the protection of nursing-home residents, Florida’s top advocate for elderly people was abruptly canned Monday by Governor Rick Scott amid longstanding conflict over the group’s role in helping thousands of frail elders.
A leading Senate Republican has filed a bill that could strip unions of some of their political strength, barring payroll deduction for union dues and prohibiting dues from being used for political activity without written consent.
Four former reps spar for Frederica Wilson’s Senate seat; three Democrats for Oscar Branyon’s House seat
When Frederica Wilson won Kendrick Meek’s former congressional seat last November, she set in motion a special election for two legislative seats.
Governor Rick Scott, in his 2011-12 budget recommendations unveiled on Monday, proposed substantially reducing the number of state planners who oversee local growth management decisions and shifting them to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
An annual shark attack study reported the number of shark attacks increased worldwide in 2010 while declining in Florida for the fourth straight year.
As Republican governors take on the U.S. health care reform law in courts, they are also challenging it on the administrative side, with 21 registering their discontent for insurance exchanges in a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday.
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