Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Friday, June 20
Jun 20, 2014
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There are no events scheduled for today.
A bill signed into law by Governor Rick Scott has opened the door for more private companies to offer flood coverage in Florida, but so far insurers don’t appear to be in a hurry to start writing policies, Tampa Tribune’s Josh Boatwright reports.
Charlie Crist announced Thursday he is backing former Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate Sean Shaw in the primary to replace term-limited Rep. Betty Reed, D-Tampa, in the Florida House, Kevin Derby reports for SunshineStateNews.com.
Uber – the high-tech on-demand transportation service – has announced they have dropped UberX prices by 25% in the Tampa market, now making rides as much as 60% cheaper than comparable taxi fares, SaintPetersBlog.com reports.
Foster children between the ages of 16 and 18 will get help in obtaining driver’s licenses under a bill signed into law today by Governor Rick Scott, Lloyd Dunkelberger reports for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Floridians who bought health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace and received tax credits got a pretty good deal, according to federal data. FlaglerLive.com reports.
In an unusual move, a full panel of appeals judges has overruled a previous decision allowing a Republican political consultant to shield records related to a high-stakes redistricting lawsuit from public disclosure, Aaron Deslatte reports for the Orlando Sentinel.
Governor Rick Scott’s administration urged a judge on Thursday to throw out a lawsuit attacking the law that allows elected officials to place assets in blind trusts, Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet reports via the Miami Herald.
Tallahassee Republican Yinka Adeshina added her name to the list of competitors in the gubernatorial primary this week, but with her filing came bizarre campaign contribution reports where many donors apparently lived in empty fields, Publix stores, Western Unions and even a Best Buy, Allison Nielsen reports for SunshineStateNews.com.
Whether they’re seeking the governor’s mansion or a spot on the Palm Beach Soil & Water Conservation Board, candidates across Florida have until noon today to submit paperwork and pay filing fees to get on the 2014 ballot, Palm Beach Post’s George Bennett reports for the “Post on Politics” blog.
There’s little surprise that Senator David Simmons is already generating some buzz about running for Florida Attorney General in 2018 when Pam Bondi is term-limited, Jeff Henderson reports for SunshineStateNews.com.
Florida ranks 43 among the states for helping disabled and older Floridians live independently, according to an AARP scorecard released Thursday, Liz Freeman reports for the Naples Daily News.
The House Financial Services Committee today voted to report out a bill to extend the federal terrorism insurance program for another five years. The bill also contains some reforms of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) and an insurance producer licensing reform amendment. Andrew G. Simpson reports for Insurance Journal.
- Chairman Hensarling’s Opening Statement at Markup of TRIA and Financial Services Oversight Committee Reform Bills
- Is Hensarling Betting on More Conservative 2015 Congress with TRIA-Extension Alternative?
- Waters Strongly Opposes Radical Changes to TRIA, Financial Services Oversight Committee
The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to consider a bill next week aimed at encouraging companies to exchange information on hacking attempts and cybersecurity threats with the government, senators said this week as they released a draft of the legislation, Reuters reports via Insurance Journal.
The Insurance Council of Texas will host its 22nd Annual Mid-Year Property & Casualty Symposium in Austin on July 17, Insurance Journal reports.
A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute identifies several predictors for worker outcomes following an injury, Patricia Harman reports for National Underwriter’s PropertyCasualty360.com.
When it comes to the use of evolving technologies such as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in oil and gas production one big question insurance companies are faced with is: to insure or not to insure? Stephanie K. Jones reports for Insurance Journal.
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