Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: July 15, 2013

Jul 15, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

11:00 a.m.–Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Finance and Investment Committee meeting; 11:00 a.m.  Teleconference:  (866) 361-7525; participant code:  2478401990#.  To view the meeting materials, click here



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Florida’s Citizens Insurance seeking big rate increase

Citizens Property Insurance homeowners policyholders in the Tampa Bay area may be paying as much as $200 more yearly as the insurer seeks approval from the state to raise rates, James Rosica reports for the Tampa Tribune.


Florida House District 61 candidate Sean Smith rolls out “Let’s Protect Florida” message

On Tuesday, attorney and consumer insurance advocate Sean Shaw is taking his message of “Let’s Protect Florida” to his supporters, reports Phil Ammann for


Palm Coast’s flood insurance rates hinge on audit

Improving the city’s federal standing as a floodplain-conscientious area to help lower flood insurance rates for homeowners is serious business for Palm Coast officials, Tom Holt reports for the Daytona Beach News-Journal.


Editorial:  South Florida Can’t Ignore Impending Doom

Imagining a Category Five hurricane striking Miami in 2030, it foresees a 24-foot storm surge, hundreds of people dead, buildings swept away, and large swaths of coastal highways swallowed by the ocean, the Sun-Sentinel’s Editorial Board writes.


Malpractice lawyers say new Florida law violates patient privacy

Anyone looking to sue a doctor for malpractice in Florida could lose their privacy rights under a state law that took effect last week, according to a series of lawsuits filed across the state, Rafael Olmeda writes for the Sun Sentinel.


Top political donors get mixed bag of results on their campaign cash

Health insurance giant Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida gave more money to Florida campaigns than any other single entity in the 2012 election cycle, Mary Ellen Klas and Trevor Aaronson report for The Miami Herald.


Charlie Crist could pick entire Florida Supreme Court if he wins second term

Should former Gov. Charlie Crist once again win election to the Malpractice lawyers say new state law violates patient privacygovernor’s office, he will likely have four more appointments to the Florida Supreme Court, Gray Rohrer reports for The Florida Current.


Florida braces for medical marijuana campaign

Florida allows neither recreational use of pot nor medicinal use. Several attempts have been made to get the Legislature to approve medical marijuana, but the bills never advanced far.  Now, however, a major push to take the question to voters is starting, Cindy Swirko writes for the Gainesville Sun.


Florida Republican Party Seeking to Expand Voter Base on Economic Message 

The Republican Party of Florida’s quarterly meeting centered on pushing a positive message of economic recovery under Gov. Rick Scott to people beyond its traditional voter base, but also on data mining and targeting more voters through an aggressive ground game in 2014, Gray Rohrer reports for The Florida Current.


Republican Doug Broxson Faces 2014 Primary Challenge

As he runs again for the Florida House in 2014, Rep. Doug Broxson, R-Milton, drew a Republican primary challenger this week, Kevin Derby reports for


State Representative Mike Clelland’s Strong Fundraising Showing Promises Tough Race Against Scott Plakon 

In 2012, incumbent State Rep. Scott Plakon was narrowly unseated by challenger Karen Castor Dentel; meanwhile, challenger-turned-Representative Mike Clelland defeated Republican incumbent and future House Speaker Chris Dorworth, Peter Schorsch of reports.


Florida Senator Brandes to file privacy reform bill 

Florida Senator Jeff Brandes announced that he is preparing to file privacy legislation that seeks to provide Floridians with a greater level of protection for their personal information, Peter Schorsch of reports.


Basel III Capital Requirements at Issue in U.S. Senate Banking Hearing

In U.S. Senate Banking Committee testimony this week, Federal Reserve Board Gov. Daniel K. Tarullo offered a few insights to the Federal Reserve as it develops capital rules for insurers under its oversight, Elizabeth Festa reports for National Underwriter’s


Bipartisan U.S. Senate Megabank Bill Would Split Banking from Insurance, Other Risks

A small bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation last week that would break up Wall Street’s megabanks by separating traditional banking activity from riskier financial services, Reuters reports for Insurance Journal.


Louisiana Legislator to Head Louisiana Health Cooperative

Louisiana Health Cooperative Inc. named state Rep. Greg Cromer, a Republican representing the Slidell area, as its CEO.


Zurich Settles With California Regulators to Keep Workers’ Comp Arbitrations in State

Zurich American Insurance Co. is the first workers’ compensation insurer to reach a settlement with California since a new law that requires insurers to keep arbitration disputes with employers in California.


Defense claims murdered Nevada insurance official had darker side

Defense attorneys plan to present evidence questioning the character of Nevada’s chief insurance examiner, who was killed April 2 at his Carson City apartment, the Associated Press reports via KRNV-TV in Reno.




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