Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, October 11

Oct 11, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Blog:  Florida won’t join Mississippi flood insurance lawsuit, but supports the effort

Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater on Thursday announced that they are filling a “friend of the court” brief in support of a Mississippi lawsuit aimed at halting massive flood insurance increases, but they have decided not to join the lawsuit as a litigant, Mary Ellen Klas reports for the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog.


Governor, Cabinet members blast federal flood inaction

Gov. Rick Scott and two state Cabinet officers said Thursday that Florida will file a federal court brief in support of Mississippi’s lawsuit to block “unconscionable” rate increases in the National Flood Insurance Program.


Jacksonville man busted for filing fake insurance report after fake carjacking

A Jacksonville man was arrested Wednesday after a state investigation found he allegedly claimed to be carjacked and then filed a false insurance claim, WTLV-TV reports.


Patriot National Appoints VP of Enterprise Data Architecture in Florida

Patriot National Insurance Group Inc., a workers’ compensation insurer based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., promoted Anat Veader to vice president of enterprise data architecture. Her previous title was data architect, Insurance Journal reports.


Blog:  Scott office directs all agencies not to use state money to keep federal programs afloat

In response to the prolonged federal shutdown, Gov. Rick Scott’s chief of staff on Thursday ordered that no state funds will be used to offset any federal programs that run out of cash as a result of the federal inaction, Mary Ellen Klas reports for the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog.


House panel keeps options open on tax cuts

Businesses and interest groups may have to settle for smaller portions of tax cuts than originally planned as lawmakers seek to spread the tax relief throughout the economy, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


Jeff Atwater has Big Fundraising Quarter as New Democrat Challenger Emerges

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater posted impressive third-quarter fundraising numbers on Thursday, even as a new Democratic challenger lines up to run against him in 2014, Kevin Derby reports for


Got Something to Say About Gambling in Florida?  You’ve Been Invited

Floridians with something to say on the economic and social impacts of gambling in Florida will get to record their comments and register to speak at an upcoming meeting by logging on to a new website — a “microsite” established by the Senate Committee on Gaming, reports.


Louisiana Shuffling Dollars to Pay for 25-Acre Assumption Parish Sinkhole

To date, Louisiana’s expenses for a giant sinkhole are approaching $10 million.  At issue: Who is to blame for the collapse of a Texas Brine well that punched a giant hole in the ground felling trees, releasing gas and threatening hundreds of homes, the Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal.


Workers’ Compensation Research Institute Measures Claims, Benefits in Workers’ Compensation Systems in 16 States

The Workers Compensation Research Institute has released a comprehensive reference report, “CompScope Benchmarks, 14th Edition,” which measures the performance of 16 different state workers’ compensation systems, how they compare with each other, and how they have changed over time, Joan Collier reports in



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