Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, March 18
Mar 21, 2011
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Florida’s 2011 Regular Legislative Session
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9:00 a.m.–Florida Automobile Joint Underwriting Association meeting. Agenda includes a review of claims provider performance in claims handling. To view the meeting notice, click here.
Florida lawmakers have resurrected a bid to let insurers raise their rates without much interference from state regulators, contending as they did two years ago that giving insurance companies such discretion will help stabilize the state’s fragile property insurance market.
As Hillsborough County officials this week unveiled a $5.4 million, 15-month plan to plug a massive sinkhole at the Southeast County Landfill, some residents who viewed the presentation took the opportunity to say, “I told you so.””Why was the landfill built here in the first place?”
The atrocious run of hurricanes we suffered through in 2004 and 2005 has been followed by an almost unnatural period of calm.
Citizens Property Insurance Corp. made a decision in the best interest of Florida homeowners by allowing homes with aluminum wiring to be insured if they meet certain requirements.
Craig Johnson will become president and chief executive officer of FCCI Insurance Group, transitioning into the positions as G.W. Jacobs prepares to retire on May 31.
A House committee on Thursday gave a green light to a repeal of the statewide law approved last year that lets cities put up red light cameras, reports the News Service of Florida
The Florida Medical Association launched a website today that aims to get Florida’s physicians involved in the FMA’s efforts to pass medical liability reform. DoctorsForTortReform.com encourages physicians to support House Bill 479, a substantial medical liability reform bill supported by the FMA.
Pediatrician Shairi Turner, a deputy secretary at the Florida Department of Health, has been named acting state surgeon general – filling a job that has been vacant since Governor Rick Scott took office in January,
The office of Governor Rick Scott has come under fire from the media for dragging its feet in responding to public-records requests – some dating back to January remain unfilled – but a new website is opening up state payroll and retirement records for easy online searching.
The Florida Supreme Court would get three new justices and be split into civil and criminal divisions in an effort to speed up death-sentence appeals under a constitutional amendment approved Thursday by the House Justice Subcommittee.
A boom in Hispanic residents during the past 10 years drove most of Florida’s population growth to a total of 18,801,310, according the U.S. census 2010 count released Thursday.
A House committee rewrote Governor Rick Scott’s pension reform plan Thursday by raising the retirement age of all workers, including police officers and firefighters, and rejecting his call for ending defined pensions for new workers.
Senator Don Gaetz, R-Destin, asked members of the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee for criticism and advice on his 623 page draft bill that collapses three state agencies into a super department called Jobs Florida.
On his first trade mission Thursday, Governor Rick Scott talked with Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli about prospects for increased commerce though a free-trade agreement and expansion of the Panama Canal.
Initial review by state comes up with thousands of acres of land that could be sold. But almost none of the 24,555 acres identified for possible sale was purchased for conservation, Mike Long, deputy director of Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands, said Tuesday.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said Thursday he is optimistic the board of the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation will go along with a 6.5percent average rate increase for policyholders, 2.5 percent lower than the company originally sought.
Legislation has been introduced in the House that would clarify industry reporting requirements under an existing controversial law that requires reimbursement to Medicare for payments made to people who are also paid later through workers’ compensation or liability claims.
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