Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Friday, July 18

Jul 18, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Climate scientist to Scott:  Meeting staff is fine, we’d like to meet with you

Governor Rick Scott deflected calls to meet with climate scientists Wednesday and told reporters that his staff “would be happy to meet” with the state’s top climate experts about the impact human-induced global warming is having on Florida.  The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


Jacksonville-Based Brightway Insurance Opens First Pennsylvania Store

The Jacksonville, Florida-based Brightway Insurance currently operates 116 franchise locations across eight states, which include Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas, Insurance Journal reports.


Keys judge rules Florida’s gay-marriage law unconstitutional

Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia overturned Florida’s 2008 constitutional gay-marriage ban on Thursday, and ordered that two Key West bartenders be allowed to wed but not before Tuesday, the Miami Herald’s Steve Rothaus reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


Redistricting sides jostle over whether to redraw congressional lines now

Florida’s fight over “fair” congressional lines has left policymakers and the court in a paradox: should they require voters throughout Central Florida to cast ballots on illegal maps, or invalidate some votes already cast?  Orlando Sentinel’s Aaron Deslatte ponders the question on the “Central Florida Political Pulse” blog.


Crist names Hispanic businesswoman Taddeo as running mate

In an unusually early announcement, likely Democratic nominee for governor Charlie Crist has named Miami businesswoman and Democratic fundraiser Annette Taddeo as his running mate, William March reports for the Tampa Tribune.


Five Questions for Carlos Lopez-Cantera

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA interviews Carlos Lopez-Cantera, the first Hispanic Lieutenant Governor of Florida. carries the story.


U.S. Senate Passes TRIA Renewal with Broker Licensing Provision

In a 93-4 vote, the Senate today passed the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2014 (S. 2244 ) that extends the federal reinsurance program for seven years.  Andrew Simpson reports for Insurance Journal.


Malaysia Airlines Plane Crash Insurance May Pose Quandary

Insurance on the Malaysian airliner brought down over Ukraine on Thursday is likely to pay out relatively quickly, provided that the cause of the crash is firmly determined, but observers say the loss of of 295 lives [corrected to 298] and other liability will likely be complex and lengthy, Reuters reports via Insurance Journal.


Insurance firm buys MH17 Google keywords to promote life insurance

The Australian-based Lisa Group bought the Google keywords “Malaysia Airlines” just hours after the flight was shot down over Ukraine with the loss of 298 people, including 28 Australians, Patrick Begley reports for the Syndey Morning Herald.


North Carolina Hearing on 25% Homeowners Hike Moved to October

North Carolina’s insurance commissioner has postponed until October a hearing into a request by homeowners insurance companies to raise rates by an average of 25 percent statewide, Insurance Journal’s Andrew Simpson reports.


New York Regulator Lawsky Proposes “BitLicense” Regulatory Framework

New York’s financial regulation chief is proposing a “BitLicense” regulatory regime that he says will protect consumers and root out wrongdoing without stifling innovation by virtual-currency businesses in the state, Bloomberg’s Carter Dougherty reports via Insurance Journal.



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