Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, January 18
Jan 18, 2013
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9:00 a.m.–Florida Automobile Joint Underwriting Association meeting. Lake Mary, Florida. Agenda includes review of claims provider performance in claims handling. To view the meeting notice, click here.
Following the release of an audit that called the travel expenses at state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. “ambiguous” and lacking internal control, Governor Rick Scott wants the company to follow state travel rules and cut out international trips.
Asked to come up with ways to reduce the number of homeowners covered by the state-supported insurer of last resort, Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty has compiled a list of options – many of them politically unpalatable — for shifting a large portion of the financial risk from Citizens Property Insurance Corp. back to the private market.
When Florida lawmakers arrived in Tallahassee for this week of committee meetings they were followed by two health care executives who say they have an idea to make a “real change” in the cost of health care. It’s one that could save Florida $16 billion annually, they say.
In a hotly contested case with major budget implications, the Florida Supreme Court gave Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican Legislature a major victory Thursday by upholding the 3 percent pension fee levied on about 600,000 state, county, city and school employees.
Governor Rick Scott, who along with the Republican-controlled legislature was roundly criticized for electoral law changes that led to lines and chaos in last year’s general election, Thursday recommended that some of those changes be reversed.
Governor Rick Scott–describing himself as supporter of the Second Amendment–said in a statement that while he will consider proposals to improve school safety, he is not proposing any changes to Florida’s gun laws.
The Joint Legislative Budget Commission released the first tranche of funds from a deal between Attorney General Pam Bondi and legislative leaders over spending $334 million that was part of a foreclosure settlement with major banks.
A Leon County judge has rejected a request from the Legislature to dismiss a challenge to a Senate redistricting plan approved last year, the first ruling in what could be a precedent-setting case under the new Fair Districts standards.
The Sunshine State’s premier tax watchdog group published 25 recommendations Thursday which it says, if implemented, would save the state’s taxpayers over $1 billion.
Senators looking into the state’s efforts to make budget information available online are expressing skepticism about Transparency 2.0, a site developed under a $5.5 million no-bid contract that is nonetheless endorsed by some ethics advocates.
As ground was ceremonially broken for the new rail project at Port Everglades on Thursday, Governor Rick Scott made his second funding commitment this week to bulk up one of Florida’s seaports.
Michigan Governor Rick Synder has proposed the creation of a new Department of Insurance and Financial Services.
A leading New York lawmaker introduced two pieces of legislation this month to help homeowners better understand their insurance coverages and to tighten the timeframe requirements for insurers when responding to claims following catastrophes.
The New Jersey Assembly’s financial institutions and insurance committee advanced a bill that would include “reverse rate evasion” as a form of insurance fraud.
The Montana Captive Insurance Association Inc. reported 34 new captive insurance company licenses were issued in the state during the past year, bringing the total number of licensed captives in the domicile to 114.
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