Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: July 15, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
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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.
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.
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 SaintPetersBlog.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 SunshineStateNews.com.
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 SaintPetersBlog.com reports.
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 SaintPetersBlog.com reports.
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 PropertyCasualty360.com.
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 Health Cooperative Inc. named state Rep. Greg Cromer, a Republican representing the Slidell area, as its CEO.
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 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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