Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, January 31

Jan 31, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Don’t expect property insurance rates to reflect reinsurance savings

Aside from Florida’s dubious distinction of people shooting people just for the heck of it, as well as the highest per capita production of Justin Bieber mug shots, our lovely state also leads the nation in having the highest average property insurance premiums at $1,933, roughly double the rest of the country, Tampa Bay Times Columnist Daniel Ruth writes.


CFO Atwater’s “Operation Leaky Pipes” Nabs 12

CFO Jeff Atwater today announced that the ongoing insurance fraud investigation known as “Operation Leaky Pipes” has led to the arrests of 12 Miami residents, WTXL-TV reports.


Newest wrinkle to Florida gun range debate:  Insurance

The Florida Legislature may have prohibited local governments from banning gun ranges on residential properties, but that does not stop insurance companies from curtailing the activity by declining coverage,’s Timothy O’Hara reports.


Politifact:  Alex Sink “supported a tax on homeowners insurance policies,” National Republican Campaign Committee says

In the special election for a U.S. House seat, Republicans are taking aim at Democratic nominee Alex Sink’s career in both the public and private sector, Politifact reports.


Putnam talks agriculture trade, Panama Canal and global finance competition in trip return

Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner touted the benefits of increased trade with Panama but also warned of the downside of the freer movement of goods and services — increased competition that could eat into Miami’s international finance sector, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


GOP groups to drop $1.2 million in Florida race

Three Republican groups are joining forces to launch a $1.2 million ad campaign in a high-stakes Florida congressional special election that will serve as an early indicator of the 2014 political climate, Alex Isenstadt reports for


Citations, merger speed enforcement of Tampa codes

Mayor Bob Buckhorn has reported that more than three-quarters of people who get warned they had code violations fix their problems before the city takes further action,  Kevin Wiatrowski reports for Tampa Tribune.


2 Florida lawmakers seek year-round daylight-saving time

Two Florida Democrats want the state to stay on daylight-saving time all year long, Mark Skoneki reports for the Orlando Sentinel.


Florida’s starring role fades without incentives

Florida has a film and entertainment incentives system in place but it’s tapped out, having distributed its allocated $296 million, Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Persall reports.


Mississippi Bills Seek More Insurance Company Cost Disclosure, Deductibles Regulation

Mississippi lawmakers could require insurers to disclose how much they collect in premiums and how much they pay in claims in each ZIP code under a bill advancing in the state legislature, Associated Press’ Jeff Amy reports.



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