Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, October 7
Oct 7, 2011
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There are no insurance-related events scheduled for today.
After four years as Florida’s top health insurance regulator Mary Beth Senkewicz abruptly resigned this week to “pursue other opportunities,” according to a release from the Office of Insurance Regulation.
With four months to go before Florida’s legislative session, lawmakers are already considering the future of the state’s largest homeowners’ insurer. However, there are few easy answers in sight.
Hilda Sultan and Craig Sultan appeal the district court’s order dismissing their claims against Safeco Surplus Lines Insurance for violations of Florida Statute § 626.9551(1), which regulates insurance field representatives and operations.
It took three years for Paige St. John to complete her comprehensive Sarasota Herald-Tribune report on ineffective property insurance in Florida, where homeowners went essentially unprotected every hurricane season.
Despite three months of average rainfall, the county enters the dry season still short on water, because of last year’s drought.
Ruth Reveron used her Hialeah rehabilitation center to fraudulently overcharge Medicaid by more than $1 million before authorities caught on, terminated her participation in the state-run medical program and turned her case over to Florida’s attorney general, prosecutors say.
“Is it a good idea, is it not a good idea?” asks state Senator Joe Negron. Senator says he wants to sort the issue out at an upcoming meeting.
Agency for Persons with Disabilities Director Mike Hansen says spending is nearly within budget. Department of Health also reports spending on AIDS medication program is within budget.
Forthcoming bill likely would allow three destination casino licenses in Miami-Dade and Broward. And Representative Erik Fresen expects all gaming issues to be swept into one bill.
- THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA: First DCA Ruling May Open Gaming Doors
- Upping the ante: Legislators explore gaming expansion in Florida, Fort Myers
Another round of deep and painful state spending cuts for schools, health care and other Florida government programs looms, as lawmakers learned Thursday that they could face a budget shortfall as high as $2.25 billion in the coming year.
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater says state Senator Mike Fasano should be allowed to review documents from the State Board of Administration regarding a $125 million pension investment.
- Florida pension chief ordered to discuss investment
- Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater to State Board of Administration Executive Director Ash Williams: Where is your inspector general?
The high-ranking Department of Corrections manager who warned of an unbudgeted $25-million privatization cost that could “cripple the agency” abruptly resigned Thursday, saying “circumstances” made it impossible for him to remain.
The U.S. Census Bureau released new estimates of the number of gay couples living together last week, saying that its original counts in the 2000 and 2010 censuses were almost certainly too high.
Florida’s attorney general spelled out a set of recommendations that would bring answers to a process that has been criticized for a lack of transparency.
State lawmakers who represent Marion County are calling on Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to investigate potential incidents of wrongdoing by local developers.
According to his supporters, Senate Majority Leader Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, has the votes and will take over as president of the Florida Senate after the 2014 elections.
Florida tea party leaders Thursday proudly announced the grand opening of their “Tallahassee headquarters” for the upcoming legislative session.
Associated Industries of Florida, one of the state’s most influential lobbying groups, submitted 16,024 public comments from Florida residents to the U.S. Department of State yesterday, all of which are in support of the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline expansion, a hotly contested network of pipes that would route crude oil from Canada all the way to Texas.
State Senator Steve Oelrich has again filed a bill seeking to ban so-called “strip mall casinos” – Internet cafes that feature simulated slots games.
Florida TaxWatch, a nonprofit tax watchdog, has created a website that allows residents to find out how their county is taxing and spending their taxes, and how it compares to other counties.
An appeals court is siding with the state in a dispute over a controversial contract to produce official driver’s handbooks.
Online pawning is a trend that may be catching on with Florida consumers who need a quick, convenient personal loan to pay bills or take a vacation.
Texas’ outsourcing of the management of more than $1 billion in federal disaster recovery funds to an engineering firm has raised concern.
State Farm will be raising rates by a statewide average of 5 percent in Alabama, but rates in the state’s two coastal counties will remain flat for the most part.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is teaching its member plans how to overcome conservative opposition to the Democrats’ health care law.
Barclay’s insurance-linked scurrilities will take the form of catastrophe bonds, which can be used as an alternative to reinsurance.
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