Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, April 15

Apr 15, 2013



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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


Florida’s 2013 Regular Legislative Session

  • Click here for today’s Senate block calendar
  • Click here for today’s House of Representatives block calendar


    12:30 p.m.–Florida Surplus Lines Service Office (“FSLSO”) Audit Committee meeting.  Agenda includes discussion of the 2012 FSLSO Financial Audit.  Tallahassee, Florida.  To view the meeting notice, click here.

      1:00 p.m.–FSLSO Board of Governors meeting.  Tallahassee, Florida.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



        Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


        ColodnyLaw’s Maria Abate On Sinkhole Claims Adjusting

        From New Guinea to New York City, the earth is opening up underneath us. A sign of the Apocalypse? No, a sign of another sinkhole – which while scary and sometimes deadly – is a lesson in science more than a lesson in religion.


        Unclaimed life insurance is Florida’s hidden bounty

        A few years ago, Sharon Likins learned about the state government’s bounty of unclaimed money turned over by banks, insurance companies and other businesses, the Miami Herald’s Jay Weaver reports.


        Florida Health Care Proposals To Be Heard This Week Differ

        Karen Cyphers reports on that, This week, as House and Senate committees take up three alternative plans to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, two main factors separate these proposals: first, whether they will accept federal funds; and second, whether they create a publicly-administered program or offer vouchers instead.


        Florida Blue wants to change non-profit insurance ownership rules

        Florida Blue is looking to expand beyond the current law, in an effort to ensure stability under the Affordable Care Act, Jacksonville Business Journal’s Michael Clinton blogs.


        The rise and fall of Universal Health Care

        In August, Universal Health Care Group was crumbling. Regulators circled. Bankruptcy loomed.  Tampa Bay Times Staff Writers Susan Taylor Martin and Jeff Harrington delve deep into the rise and fall of the St. Petersburg-based health insurer.


        Florida House approves $74.4 billion budget

        The House passed a $74.4 billion spending plan for the 2013-2014 fiscal year Friday, setting up budget talks with the Senate in the remaining three weeks of the legislative session.


        GOP Can Win in 2014 With Positive Message, Governor Says

        The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports that Republican Party leaders meet at Walt Disney World for quarterly pep talk.  Governor Rick Scott tells the RPOF’s executive board that the party can’t lose next year if it makes its positive message heard.


        Patronis tops fundraising for Panama City area state race

        First quarter campaign finance reports have been released for state races and Representative Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City, leads the pack of lawmakers and aspiring politicians in the area, having raised $90,585, Panama City News Herald’s Matthew Beaton reports.


        The dark side of proposed “Parent Trigger” bill

        The Miami Herald’s Daniel Shoer Roth explains the real-life results of “parent trigger” legislation in other states.


        PCI Says Federal Insurance Office Disaster-Loss Estimates Could Pose Challenges

        The Federal Insurance Office should have the “ability to immediately estimate exposures related to catastrophic events” and provide it to the federal government, reports.


        Cybercrime response questions vex local police

        If a purse with $900 is stolen, the victim probably would call the police. If a computer hacker steals $900 from that same person’s bank account, what then? Call the police? Could they even help?



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