Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, July 12
Jul 12, 2013
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There are no Florida insurance-related events scheduled for today.
State House candidate Sean Shaw raised $34,600 in the second quarter of the year, bringing his total campaign treasury to $64,575 – more than triple the total posted by the next closest candidate in the four-way Democratic primary for House District 61, Tampa Bay Times’ Richard Danielson reports.
A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute indicates a provision in a 2011 law to prohibit doctors from dispensing stronger painkillers is working, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.
Connextions, an Orlando-based firm which specializes in healthcare technology and customer service, has been awarded a multi-million dollar state contract to launch a “contact center” for Rhode Island’s health benefits exchange, the Providence Journal reports.
Florida Governor Rick Scott said Thursday that law enforcement across Florida is ready for “whatever happens” after the verdict as the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman gets closer to wrapping up in Sanford, Jim Turner reports for THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA via SunshineStateNews.com.
The Florida Supreme Court, in a sharp rebuke to the Republican-controlled Legislature, refused Thursday to throw out a lawsuit that contends legislators ignored new standards while drawing up legislative districts, Gary Fineout reports for Associated Press via The Republic.
The Florida Supreme Court said Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature went too far when it tried to settle a legal dispute on behalf of a developer being sued by a homeowners association.
The Sunshine State still has the highest foreclosure rate in the country, and the average foreclosure takes 907 days to be completed, The Florida Current reports.
Two of Florida’s largest businesses – Publix Super Markets and Walt Disney World – are spearheading an effort to cut down the size of civil-lawsuit awards, which could lead to enormous savings for the frequently sued companies through smaller jury verdicts and pretrial settlements, Orlando Sentinel’s Jason Garcia reports.
A proposed constitutional amendment would provide an estimated $19 billion to state Land Acquisition Trust Fund over the next 20 years. Florida’s Water and Land Legacy Inc. is trying to raise $2.4 million towards collecting signatures and dealing with the legal expenses of getting the measure on the 2014 general election ballot, Bruce Ritchie reports for The Florida Current.
Brandon Republican state Sen. Tom Lee says he is interested in seeking the Senate presidency toward the end of this decade, and if he does, he’s likely to end up competing with another Tampa area Republican lawmaker, William March reports for the Tampa Tribune.
Sen. Jack Latvala, the Clearwater Republican who chairs the Senate Ethics & Elections Committee, says he wants Gov. Rick Scott to order a criminal investigation of several South Florida lawmakers who may not be living in the districts they represent — as required by the Florida Constitution, Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet reports.
An insurance company insider speaks out on how corporate PR is killing health care and deceiving Americans, NPR.org reports.
Uncertainty about the future cost of flood protection is hampering the housing recovery in coastal communities hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy, reports Lisa Prevost for the New York Times.
Barron’s analysts have grown broadly cautious toward the property-casualty insurance sector over the course of the second quarter of 2013.
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