Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, December 10

Dec 10, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


There are no Florida insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Insurance-Related News


Insurance investigations as sought by Florida Representative Artiles have dropped in recent years

In the past two weeks, Representative Frank Artiles, R-Miami, has asked for “market conduct examinations” — thorough reviews of insurance companies’ business practices to ensure compliance with state laws — of state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and the Tower Hill Insurance Group and related companies.


Insurers seeking Citizens Property Insurance cash cited

Two companies named as potential players in a controversial plan to cash eight-figure checks in exchange for taking Citizens insurance customers.


Blog:  Court stamps out Galaxy Fireworks case from ’98 wildfires

With a fierce drought sparking wildfires across the state, then-Gov. Lawton Chiles took the extraordinary step in 1998 of banning the sale and use of fireworks around the Fourth of July holiday.


Disaster recovery a growing business

After several close calls with hurricanes, executives at Florida Hospital in Orlando decided to rethink their disaster plans.


Blog:  Five questions for State Representative Mike Fasano

First elected to the state House of Representatives in 1994, Representative Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, is returning for a fifth term.


Florida scraps plan to have private vendors make license tags

Backing away from a possible court fight, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced Friday that it will halt its attempt to bid license tag services to private vendors.


Several Florida Senate staff directors given reprieve from overseeing two committees

Four Senate committee staff director positions that were responsible in 2010 for overseeing two committees each have returned to overseeing one committee.


Governor previews re-election strategy:  Jobs, education and low cost of living

In remarks to the Republican Party of Florida’s state committee, Rick Scott pointedly ignores Charlie Crist’s formal switch to the Democrat Party.


IRS preliminary ruling:  Villages government not legitimate under tax codes

Early January marks the fifth anniversary of the Internal Revenue Service opening an investigation into the complicated way the shadow government of The Villages retirement community borrows stunning amounts of money that enrich its developer.


New Jersey turns to “Master of Disaster” to guide state through Sandy recovery

Days after Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana, leaving 80 percent of New Orleans under water and more than 1,800 dead, James Lee Witt was there advising the governor and catching a few hours of sleep each night in a trailer.


Federal Emergency Management Agency Likely to Expand Flood Zones Along New Jersey Coast in Wake of Sandy

The federal government is poised to expand flood zones and push for increases in building elevations along the New Jersey coast in the wake of flooding from Hurricane Sandy.


Texas Wind Insurer:  Agent Login Will Change December 13

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association is advising agents that the web address for its E-Quote login will change on December 13, 2012.


Four huge corporate power grabs possibly worse than Citizens United

Court-awarded corporate power is growing beyond the world of campaigns and elections, often at the expense of individual rights and Americans’ ability to bring businesses to court.



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