Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday. April 2

Apr 2, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


There are no insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Insurance-Related News


Florida’s building codes rated best in hurricane protection

Florida ranks highest among 18 hurricane-region states for building codes and their enforcement, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety says.


Lighthouse Project – Chapter Five:  Hurricane Donna’s legacy in Collier County

The winds of change blew into Collier County – literally – on September 10, 1960.


Citizens Property Insurance stops construction insurance program

Florida’s state-run insurer stopped covering property owners building new homes and businesses earlier this year – a move that some say could slow or even halt new construction and economic growth in the Keys.


Time will tell if new law fixes rampant car insurance fraud

The long list of suspected car insurance scammers now includes food truck vendors.


Opinion:  Personal Injury Protection reform finally fights fraud

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.


Florida Supreme Court to Decide on Medical Malpractice Caps

The fate of Florida’s caps on damages in medical malpractice cases now rests with the state’s high court after attorneys on both sides of the issue debated whether the caps are constitutional.


Column:  Budget, Districts Heading To Florida Governor Rick Scott

Two major items are leaving the Legislature this week.


Pool rule turns into battle over federal regulations

South Florida Congressman Allen West has found a new battleground for fighting federal rules:  The swimming pools and hot tubs in local communities, hotels and resorts.


Property owners hope to cash in by renting their homes during Republican National Convention

Even Democrats could cash in during the 2012 Republican National Convention.


Florida serves as proving ground for pro-gun laws 

The shooting of Trayvon Martin has brought an avalanche of criticism directed at Florida’s “stand your ground” law.


Florida legislators loading up on “bill trains”

How a bill becomes a train.


Florida Representative Ron Saunders makes it official:  He’s running for Senate

The shape of the campaign to represent Monroe County in the Florida House changed Friday when three-term District 120 incumbent Ron Saunders formally withdrew from the race.


Senator Jim Norman ethics case goes to Florida Senate

The state Ethics Commission on Friday sent Senator Jim Norman’s financial disclosure case to the Florida Senate, where his lawyer said he will argue against any penalty.


Elephant center in Indian River County highlights issue behind zoo animals bill

Groundbreaking is planned next week for the National Elephant Center in Indian River County, which supporters and opponents alike of HB 1117 say represents their arguments on the bill.


Kentucky Warns Storm Debris May Contain Asbestos

Storms in recent weeks in Kentucky have produced mounds of debris, and the state Division for Air Quality is recommending that people remember the material may contain asbestos.


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