Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, October 4

Oct 4, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Blog:  As storm nears, Governor declares emergency in 18 counties

Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order late Thursday declaring a state of emergency in 18 North Florida counties, from Madison on the east to Escambia on the west, in anticipation of Tropical Storm Karen, Steve Bousquet reports on the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog.


Opinion:  Bill Would Take the Florida Cat Fund in the Wrong Direction

A bill filed by Florida Senator Jeremy Ring would needlessly increase the likelihood of a “pay now AND pay later” scenario where the debt to cover a particular storm would be foisted on Floridians for several years thereafter, Christian Camera writes for Right Street Blog via Insurance Journal.


Florida Medical Malpractice Consent Rule Preempted By Federal Law, Says Judge

A federal judge has struck down a key Florida medical malpractice law that required a patient to allow a defending physician’s attorney to informally discuss the case with the patient’s other health care providers, Insurance Journal’s Michael Adams reports.


Florida government grapples with federal shutdown

Some Florida agencies are already feeling the pain of the federal government shutdown, but the effects of the shutdown could be felt across several sectors of state government if the Congressional budget impasse lasts for several weeks, according to a draft report compiled by state economists, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


Florida elections chief pushes for noncitizen voter purge

Florida’s top election official is starting his push to get election supervisors to back a plan to remove non-U.S. citizens from the state’s voter rolls, the Associated Press reports via Tampa Tribune.


Florida leads nation in foreclosure rate

Florida had the highest foreclosure rate in the U.S. in July, according to the Florida Legislature Office of Economic and Demographic Research, Michael Braga reports for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.


Capping off lively day in HD 36 race, Mike Fasano announces he voted for Democrat Amanda Murphy

Stopping short of a full endorsement, Pasco County Tax Collector and political godfather Mike Fasano announced late Thursday that he voted for Democrat Amanda Murphy in the special election to fill the seat Fasano recently occupied, Peter Schorsch of reports.


Common Core Foe Jay Fant Files for First Coast House Seat as Republican

Business owner Jay Fant announced Thursday he will run for the Republican nomination for the Florida House seat currently held by Rep. Daniel Davis, R-Jacksonville. Davis, now the chairman of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, is not seeking re-election in 2014, Kevin Derby reports for


Joe Negron Calls for Feds to Turn Over Control of Lake Okeechobee

State Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, asked federal lawmakers Thursday to give control of Lake Okeechobee to Florida during a congressional hearing on the adverse economic and health impacts of water releases into estuaries on both sides of the state, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via


Blog:  Three Common Core hearings scheduled for October

The Florida Department of Education has scheduled three public meetings on the controversial Common Core State Standards, the Tampa Bay Times reports.


State Farm Raising Louisiana Homeowner Insurance Rates

State Farm is raising Louisiana homeowner rates an average of 8.7 percent statewide for its nearly 308,000 policyholders, the Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal.


Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America Discusses NARAB

Insurance Journal’s Andy Simpson interviews Wes Bissert of Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America on NARAB.





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