Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Friday, July 18
Jul 18, 2014
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA interviews Carlos Lopez-Cantera, the first Hispanic Lieutenant Governor of Florida. SunshineStateNews.com carries the story.
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.
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.
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’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’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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