Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, December 6

Dec 6, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

New sinkhole ordinance passes in Hillsborough

In an unanimous vote Wednesday, the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners approved an ordinance to track sinkhole inspection and repairs with the goal of protecting homeowners and home buyers, Tampa’s WTSP-TV reports.


Florida Congressmen hoping courts will strike down flood insurance rate hikes

With a quick political resolution to dramatic flood insurance rate hikes looking less likely by the day, key members of Florida’s delegation to Congress are turning their attention to the U.S. legal system, Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Jeremy Wallace reports.


Citizens Tops Florida List of Biggest Property & Casualty Insurance Companies

A Tallahassee-based company ranked first on the South Florida Business Journal’s list of the top property & casualty insurance companies in Florida, South Florida Business Journal’s Gilberto Medina writes.


From Jeb to Crist to Obama, everyone thinks Craig Fugate does a heckuva job

From managing Florida’s disaster responses to the nation’s, Craig Fugate is that rare government official who transcends partisanship and always seems to get the job done without much trouble, the Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo blogs for “Naked Politics.”


New study says Floridians driving less even as economy improves

Three Florida cities are in among the 15 U.S. cities with the largest drops in driving: Jacksonville at No. 8, down by 10.6 percent in driving volume per capita; Pensacola at No. 10, down 10.3 percent; and Palm Bay-Melbourne at No. 14, down 9.3 percent, Karen Cyphers reports for


Governor Scott announces funding to remove 1,600 from Medicaid waiting list

In a move that brings relief to hundreds of disabled Floridians, Gov. Rick Scott announced today the state is removing 1,600 medically needy people from the waiting list for Medicaid waivers, Phil Ammann reports for


High court hears pot arguments

The wording of a petition proposal to legalize medical use of marijuana would deceive voters into authorizing almost wide-open pot smoking, the state’s solicitor general told the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


Sunrail sticker shock?  Proposed fares jump when you cross counties

New fares for Sunrail were proposed today, and the prices could scare a greater Orlando area that’s already attached to it’s automobiles, Frank Torres reports for


RMS:  Terrorism Risk Can Be Modeled; Insuring It Remains Difficult

Terrorism remains a difficult risk to insure, but, contrary to the views of some, it can be modeled by measuring the likelihood of an attack against vigorous counter-terrorism efforts employed by Western nations, according to a Risk Management Solutions white paper meant to inform stakeholders as they debate a Terrorism Risk Insurance Act extension, Phil Gusman reports for National Underwriter’s


Insurance Agent Thompson Wins Georgia State Senate Election

  • Northwest Georgia insurance agent Bruce Thompson has been elected to represent District 14 in the Georgia state Senate, Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal.


California Woman Ticketed For Driving With Google Glasses

A California woman has pleaded not guilty to what is believed to be the first traffic citation alleging a motorist was using Google’s computer-in-an-eyeglass, Associated Press’ Justin Pritchard reports via Insurance Journal.



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