Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, November 4

Nov 4, 2011


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


4:30 p.m.–National Association of Insurance Commissioners Non-Admitted Insurance Multi-State Agreement teleconference.  To register, click here.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related Bills Filed for 2012


SB 826 relating to Title Insurance Claims by Senator Mike Bennett

SB 826 would provide that, after a specified time, a title insurer must pay the claim or cover the insured’s costs until the claim is cured.  Effective Date:  July 1, 2012



Daily Insurance-Related News 


Citizens Property Insurance cuts some insurance coverage

Starting next year, Citizens Property Insurance will drop coverage on almost everything but the main building on a property.


Governor Scott:  Citizens Property Insurance board to help solve issues

Governor Rick Scott wants the board overseeing Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to help solve some issues plaguing the state-backed insurer.


Federal Emergency Management Agency, State Board of Administration survey flood-damaged Broward neighborhoods

High water marks and other flood evidence from this week’s storms was assessed by three teams of federal and state officials in Broward County cities Thursday to determine whether property damage will merit loans or aid.


 Blog:  Insurers’ legislative wish-list and how it would affect you

Florida insurance industry representatives know state lawmakers may not end up spending as much time on insurance issues during the legislative session that starts in January as they have in years past.


Governor Scott looks to crack down on high auto insurance rates

Skyrocketing auto Insurance premiums brought Governor Rick Scott to Orlando Thursday.


U.S. Supreme Court may take Florida health case next week

The Supreme Court will almost certainly hear Florida’s legal challenge to federal health care reform, according to a panel of legal scholars who spoke Thursday at The Heritage Foundation, a conservative political power that has led opposition to the law.


Rating agency downgrades financial outlook of HMO hired to provide care for state workers

The state of Florida this year contracted with AvMed to provide coverage to state workers across the state.


Florida Senator Dennis Jones picked as Senate point man on professional deregulation

Senate President Mike Haridopolos told members of the Senate Republican Caucus on Wednesday that Senator Dennis Jones, R-St. Petersburg, will be the point man for a revived professional deregulation measure.


Governor  Scott to appeal injunction against welfare drug-testing

In late October, a federal judge put a stop to the state’s testing of applicants to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program for cash to pay for necessities.


Florida Supreme Court rules in state’s favor in development permit denial case

A state agency’s denial of a wetlands development permit does not represent an unconstitutional “taking” of property, the Florida Supreme Court said Thursday in overturning an appeal court decision.


SunRail purchase completed

The purchase of the commuter rail corridor from CSX means construction can begin on the $1.28 billion project in Central Florida.


Public Employee Pension Lawsuit May Wallop Florida Budget

A lawsuit challenging the new state law making public employees pay 3 percent of their salaries for their retirement plan could punch an $860 million hole in Florida’s budget and could take some $600 million away from county governments if it is upheld by the courts.


Casino bill sponsors fight back against anti-gaming forces

As casino opponents have lashed out against their bill, Representative Erik Fresen and Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff argue that gambling has been expanding in the state and that the main thrust of their legislation is to create a gaming commission to provide better regulation.


Procurement resumes for contract to privatize South Florida prisons

The Department of Corrections put the bid solicitation on hold in September after a ruling by Leon County Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford, issued days before proposals were initially due.


State wants business owners’ views on regulations

Government regulations – some believe they constrict the growth of small businesses resulting in lost economic activity while others think they are important public protections that help sustain entire industries.


Governor Rick Scott plans ‘workday’ at Port of Miami

Florida’s governor is heading to the Port of Miami for one of his “workdays.”




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