Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, August 19
Aug 19, 2013
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1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.–Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate’s Homeowners’ Policy and Claims Bill of Rights Working Group meeting. Clearwater, Florida. Discussion of draft recommendations on on insurance claims handling processes and other related concerns. Teleconference: (850) 413-1558 and enter conference ID 81583. The Florida Channel will air the meeting live. To view the draft recommendations, click here.
The beaches in Florida’s Miami-Dade and Broward counties, among the most popular, have run out of sand, Discovery Channel News reports.
Spring Hill leads the state in sinkhole activity, with an estimated 6,106 properties reporting void activity, writes Michael Bates for HernandoToday.com.
It sounded like a thunderstorm as windows broke and the ground shook, but vacationers who were awakened at a resort villa near Orlando, Fla., soon realized the building was starting to collapse – parts of it swallowed by a 100-foot sinkhole that also endangered two neighboring buildings, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Florida has lax building standards when it comes to sinkholes, Hofstra geology professor Robert Brinkmann says.
Florida insurance officials ruled Friday to allow health insurance giant Florida Blue, one of the state’s largest employers and political donors, to restructure itself under a not-for-profit mutual insurance holding company.
The Governor said he has privacy concerns about sign up procedures for the new national health care plan, Bill Cotterell reports for The Florida Current.
Florida state lawmakers, in their ongoing efforts to block the implementation of Obamacare in the Sunshine State, recently passed a law that will allow health insurance companies to gouge Floridians more than any corporate boss dreamed was possible.
Florida’s employers can look forward to little, if any, change in their 2014 workers’ compensation rates as the state’s industry-backed rating agency has filed for a modest statewide average 1 percent rate increase, Michael Adams reports for Insurance Journal.
A ruling by a Florida appeals court on Friday has reduced a $10 million damage award to $200,000 in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a University of Central Florida football player who died following conditioning drills in 2008, Kyle Hightower reports for Insurance Journal.
To help break the partisan logjam in Congress, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is asking for help from leaders of all 410 Florida municipalities. His plea is for them to start pushing federal legislators to work together on immigration, transportation and the budget, Peter Schorsch of SaintPetersBlog.com reports.
The race to replace former Rep. Mike Fasano in the Florida House is starting to take shape, with two candidates filing last week to enter the race to represent parts of Pasco County while a third won the backing of the House Republican leadership, Kevin Derby reports for SunshineStateNews.com.
Jose Felix Diaz doesn’t rank as one of the senior Republicans in the Florida House but he is one of the more visible ones as speculation continues that he will run for Congress, Jeff Henderson reports for SunshineStateNews.com.
A former deputy commissioner at the Louisiana Department of Insurance has received a prison sentence for racketeering, according to Justice Department officials, Insurance Journal reports.
International standard-developing bodies have been turning a studied eye towards insurance regulator standards this summer, with the latest move coming from the G-20’s Financial Stability Board involving standards for unwinding failing insurers.
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