Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, July 12

Jul 12, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

There are no Florida insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Blog:  Former Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate Sean Shaw outraises rest of field by more than 3-to-1 in House District 61 race

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.


Law curbing doctor-dispensed painkillers worked, but debate focuses on cost, not care

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.


Florida Firm Chosen to Run Rhode Island Obamacare Call Center 

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.


Governor says Law Enforcement Ready for Whatever Happens in Zimmerman Trial

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


Florida Supreme Court rejects Legislature’s effort to stop redistricting challenge

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.


Florida Supreme Court says retroactive law protecting builder went too far

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.


Florida retains top foreclosure status in first half of 2013

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.


Publix, Disney Lobby to Cut Lawsuit Award Amounts

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.


Land-buying amendment effort has raised nearly $870,000

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.


Blog:  Tom Lee says Senate President race possible

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.


Senator Latvala calls for criminal probe of some lawmakers’ residences

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.


Former Insurance Executive Says Americans Being Deceived on Beneficial Health Reform

An insurance company insider speaks out on how corporate PR is killing health care and deceiving Americans, reports.


New York Times:  Floods and Rising Insurance Premiums Hampering Coastal Recovery

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.


Storm Warning for Insurance Stocks

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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