Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, April 8
Apr 7, 2011
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Florida’s 2011 Regular Legislative Session
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There are no insurance-related events scheduled for today.
Allstate Insurance says it wants to open nearly 50 new agency offices in Florida. About half of those openings will be in north Florida, the company said.
Even before the Legislature convened last month, Governor Rick Scott’s office signed off on legislation requiring sharp rate hikes at Citizens Property Insurance, an open door for private carriers to follow suit.
Sinkhole claims continue to frustrate state lawmakers trying to contain fraud and staggering losses the past five years or so.
There were plenty of bikinis on Palm Beach County’s sunny beaches Wednesday, but shirt-and-tie-clad Rick Scott was all business as he evaluated the region’s shore erosion and what the state should do about it.
A federal judge sentenced the leader of a sophisticated car theft ring to 13 years in prison Thursday.
In a continuing effort to implement new strategies to combat insurance fraud, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today launched the “Most Wanted” insurance fraud website, www.myfloridacfo.com/pressoffice/mostwanted, that will engage Floridians in the search for scammers who have eluded law enforcement.
Inching toward agreement on a Medicaid overhaul, a Senate committee today eliminated a proposal that would have required HMOs to spend 90 percent of the money they receive on patient care.
The Senate scrapped a controversial plan to privatize a state mental hospital in Baker County, handing a victory to workers and community leaders worried about a for-profit company running the facility.
Lawmakers voted Thursday to approve budgets slicing education and health care, asking state employees to foot some of the bill for their own retirement and largely staying true to the GOP majority’s promise to avoid tax increases – setting up budget negotiations and a potential showdown with new Gov. Rick Scott, reports Brandon Larrabee of the News Service of Florida.
The looming chaos of furloughed employees forcing the closure of courtrooms across the state was averted Wednesday after Governor Rick Scott approved a onetime transfer of money to tide the court system over to the new budget year.
Facing backlash from judges, lawyers and senators, House Speaker Dean Cannon on Wednesday eviscerated his own proposal for reforming the state’s courts, dropping suggestions that judges receive 60 percent of votes to remain on the bench and that investigations of judges be made public.
The Senate and House sent each other differing measures related to pension benefits for government workers and refused to accept each others bills on Thursday, setting up a conference committee on the legislation, reports the News Service of Florida.
Attempts by House Democrats to dismantle a bill that would deregulate about 20 professions went nowhere Wednesday.
Self proclaimed “free agent” state Sen. Mike Fasano introduced a legislative amendment this week calling for the privatization of six state prisons in Northwest Florida.
The ACLU challenged foreclosure courts in southwest Florida Thursday, claiming they are biased against homeowners and don’t provide the same rights as regular civil courts.
Influential Miami developer and lobbyist Rodney Barreto is stepping down as chairman of a small but powerful commission that oversees fish and wildlife statewide.
House Speaker Dean Cannon has heard enough talk about an Orlando lawmaker’s use of the word “uterus.” But he’s not banning the word from the House floor.
Twenty-four states, the District of Columbia and Amtrak are vying for $2.4 billion in federal aid that became available when Florida’s governor canceled a high-speed rail project in his state, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today.
State lawmakers – reciting Governor Rick Scott’s mantra that reducing regulations will spark the sluggish economy – are on the verge of a major “streamlining” of growth management laws.
Two opposite ways to approach solar energy in Florida, long overdue.
Miami, suffering the same budget constraints as many other major U.S. cities, has begun a challenge to the 2010 Census count that put the city’s population at just under 400,000 – a move that if successful could eventually net the city tens of millions of dollars.
With four weeks to go in the legislative session, Jackson Laboratory has filed its application for $100 million in state funding to build a personalized medicine institute in Sarasota County.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is creating a commission to address the rising cost of insurance for the state’s coastal homeowners.
Tennessee lawmakers have passed a bill allowing property/casualty insurers to implement rate adjustments for personal auto and home insurance policies without prior state approval.
The latest NCCI 2011 Issues Report calls attention to “significant deterioration” in the workers’ compensation product line.
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