Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, January 27
Jan 27, 2012
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Florida’s 2012 Regular Legislative Session
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A proposal to shift more of the financial burden of a catastrophic hurricane on the backs of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. customers passed the Senate Budget Subcommittee on General Government Appropriations on Thursday.
Nearly three months after the 2011 hurricane season ended, storms are still growing stronger and one has even grown into a major hurricane.
Florida’s leaders showed tremendous vision by enacting the first-in-the-nation motor vehicle no-fault laws that became effective in 1972.
Lawyers obtained a victory Thursday as a House panel narrowly defeated a measure intended to curb bad-faith lawsuits against insurers.
A sinkhole breach of contract case was remanded to the lower court in Warfel versus Universal Insurance Co. of North America.
Senator Nancy Detert’s legislation to ban texting on cell phones while driving moved a step closer to getting a vote from the full Senate Thursday, as it passed quickly through the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development Appropriations, garnering just one negative vote.
The Florida Nurses Association, which represents nurses and other health-care workers in Florida prisons, is making similar arguments to those brought by the Police Benevolent Association — that lawmakers do not have the authority to order privatization in budget proviso language through a process other than the one outlined in statute.
The governor wants to increase the business tax exemption from $25,000 to $50,000, and to exempt the tangible personal property tax for the first $50,000 in property.
Bills to give Governor Rick Scott more power to fire leaders of the 28 local workforce boards throughout the state and to rename and reform Florida’s unemployment compensation system passed unanimously Thursday through the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee.
The rig owner involved in drilling the ill-fated well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico and spewed more than 200 million gallons of oil will not have to pay many of the pollution claims because it was shielded in a contract with well-owner BP, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.
A top priority of Attorney General Pam Bondi’s, a bill to crack down on timeshare fraud, passed a key Senate committee Thursday by a 10-0 vote.
An administrative law judge this week issued a recommended order backing the Farmton development with 23,100 homes proposed on 59,000 acres.
A bill to decouple greyhound racing from dog track casinos advanced Thursday after a Senate panel rejected a “poison pill” amendment.
Efforts are underway to jumpstart Senate action on a long-term National Flood Insurance Program extension.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners announced the State Based Systems implementation for Puerto Rico.
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