Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, February 17
Feb 17, 2012
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A Pembroke Pines man has filed a lawsuit against Citizens Property Insurance Corp., alleging the state-run insurer of last resort negated policies that entitled homeowners to discounts.
Supporters of the bill say surplus lines companies are some of the largest and most reliable insurers in the world and could help stabilize Florida’s troubled property insurance market.
Stable rates for commercial property insurance in Florida appear to be coming to an end. About half of the businesses surveyed by Marsh, a New York City-based insurance broker, reported rate increases of up to 10 percent in the second half of 2011.
Florida state troopers gave Governor Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater a firsthand look Thursday at several types of staged automobile accidents that have created a fraudulent billion-dollar industry at the expense of drivers.
Governor Rick Scott on Thursday came out in favor of how the House of Representatives is trying to revamp the state’s no-fault insurance program.
Two competing coalitions advocating for PIP reform have ramped up their activities this week even though neither legislative chamber was scheduled to discuss no-fault auto insurance this week.
Companies renewing their workers’ compensation insurance face double trouble – higher rates and paying more if their claims exceed premiums.
A claims bill for Eric Brody, who is largely confined to a wheelchair after wreck caused by a Broward County Sheriff’s deputy in 1998, will come before the House Civil Justice Subcommittee on Friday, but an important amendment capping attorney’s fees involved in the suit will be considered.
Patients who arrive at a doctor’s office could be given one more form to fill out – a waiver for their right to a jury trial if they ever accuse the doctor of botching their care – under compromise legislation passed by a key Senate committee on Thursday.
The House Judiciary Committee has cleared a bill that would give all current and former state lawmakers and their staff absolute immunity against having to testify for a civil court proceeding.
A Senate committee today approved a wide-ranging plan that would scale back the role of the Florida Department of Health, close the state’s tuberculosis hospital and block mandatory septic-tank inspections.
Politics, controversial legislative maneuvering, and big-money special interests were on full display during a Senate hearing Thursday. What brought them together? Florida’s “eyeball wars.”
Governor Rick Scott on Thursday signed HB 7051 backing proposed water quality rules that are intended to replace federal rules opposed by utilities, industry and agriculture groups.
Governor Rick Scott on Thursday signed into law redrawn congressional boundaries lawmakers approved last week – triggering another lawsuit by Democratic-allied organizations.
The rate of foreclosures in Florida is increasing again, one year after the “robo-signing” controversy prompted several big banks and lenders to place a temporary moratorium on foreclosures and to slow the pace of foreclosures once the moratorium was lifted.
Governor Rick Scott said Thursday he will explore opportunities to privatize state prisons on his own following the Senate’s defeat of a bill that would have required some prisons be bid out to private companies.
The state Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee passed a bill Thursday that would allow employers to pay tipped workers, waiters and waitresses, a lower minimum wage than what is currently authorized in Florida.
A House panel has given the green light to a bill that would overhaul what critics say is the state’s antiquated alimony law.
Legislation moving quickly in the Republican-controlled Legislature would let parents “trigger” turnaround plans for failing public schools that could include management by for-profit companies.
The city of Alexandria, Louisiana, can’t keep up with the demand for destroying dilapidated structures in the city.
The Denham Springs, Louisiana, City Council has adopted new federal flood insurance maps.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has proposed a once-a-year sales tax holiday on weather radios, flashlights, generators and other supplies needed to help prepare for weather disasters.
Wildfires have grown from being regional or seasonal problems as the wildfire season throughout the United States often runs the entire year and in a variety of locations.
Vaccinations are truly one of the health care industry’s greatest success stories. Immunizations are credited with preventing an estimated 14 million cases of disease and avoiding 33,000 deaths a year.
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