Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, January 13
Jan 13, 2012
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Florida’s 2011 Regular Legislative Session
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There are no insurance-related events scheduled for today.
A bill to allow out-of-state surplus lines property insurance companies to take over policies of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. passed through two committees Thursday – one in the House, one in the Senate – and is now headed to the floor in both chambers, despite objections from some lawmakers that it does not include enough protections for consumers.
A bill that would force all accident victims to go to emergency rooms instead of their family doctor, even for minor injuries, cleared a Florida House subcommittee on Wednesday.
Texting while driving would be a new moving violation under a bill approved by a Senate committee this morning over the objections of Senator Joe Negron, who said distracted drivers can already be punished under existing law.
Many of us behave better when we know someone is watching.
The Florida Supreme Court today rejected arguments by a Pensacola hospital in a legal battle about turning over documents to an injured woman’s attorneys.
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater or a circuit court judge?
The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed fraud and insider trading charges against three former executives of Florida-based WellCare Health Plans Inc., according to the Corporate Counsel website.
The state of Florida is closing seven of its state prisons and four work camps for a savings of roughly $90 million through 2013.
If it becomes law, the measure would allow the governor to fire for cause the individual members or the executive director of workforce boards.
The attorney general says that a state law passed in 2009 does not allow slot machines outside of Miami-Dade and Broward counties without legislation from lawmakers specifically authorizing a referendum in a given county.
It’s time Florida put a premium on energy diversity, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam told state lawmakers Thursday.
The quietly brewing Senate presidency race between Majority Leader Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and Senator Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, has quickly become a litmus test between interest-groups with major sway in the chamber now and those that would like to get it back.
Nebraska has dropped out of the Nonadmitted Insurance Multistate Agreement, or NIMA, the compact for parceling out surplus line premiums.
The Government Accountability Office has recommended that Congress pass legislation clarifying certain provisions of the Liability Risk Retention Act, including registration requirements, fees and coverage.
Michael T. McRaith, director of the Federal Insurance Office, said he is aware of anxiety that his office will be asking for duplicate data, bogging the insurance industry down in paperwork for what has been perceived as, potentially, an additional regulatory authority.
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