Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, December 23
Dec 23, 2013
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Laury Pflaum and her boyfriend know their St. Petersburg home is in a flood zone. But since buying the house two years ago, they have been reassured by information from the National Flood Insurance Program that there has never been a claim, Tampa Bay Times’ Susan Taylor Martin reports.
PIP covers a person for his own injuries. Bodily Injury protects you for injuries you negligently cause to others, a Sun-Sentinel reader writes.
For the sixth straight session Florida Senator Jeremy Ring has introduced a bill that would allow a parent to schedule a child for an autism spectrum disorder screening with a psychiatrist or neurologist without authorization from insurance companies, The Florida Current’s James Call reports.
Florida’s unemployment rate for November was 6.4 percent, down from 6.7 percent in October and lower than the national rate of 7 percent, The Florida Current reports.
Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity was aware there might be problems with the state’s $68 million CONNECT unemployment website, long before its October 15 launch, according to WTSP/10 News reporter Noah Pransky. SaintPetersBlog.com notes the story.
Florida’s 2014 governor’s race may become an expensive popularity contest over who steers the state in the next four years but one little-discussed part of the job – the power to appoint – could give the next governor a legacy that could last much longer, the Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s division of elections has issued an opinion that could make it tougher to uncover elections fraud, Patricia Mazzei reports in the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog.
Springs and the aquifer from which their water boils up are under severe stress, and water experts say the consequences could be considerable to the economy, the cost of water and the health of springs that have been drawing humans to the natural fountains for eons, Halifax’ Cindy Swirko blogs in Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Will Weatherford is the latest name attracting buzz as Rick Scott continues his search for a lieutenant governor, Jeff Henderson reports for SunshineStateNews.com.
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA recently spoke with newly elected Senate leader and chair of the Senate Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee Andy Gardiner to gather some insight on Gardiner’s motivation and leadership style. SaintPetersBlog.com’s Phil Ammann writes.
It’s not all about budgets, taxes, Medicaid, education and pensions for Florida lawmakers, FloridaWatchdog.org’s William Patrick reports via SunshineStateNews.com.
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA via SunshineStateNews.com provides some Florida-style political holiday cheer: ‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the Capitol, controversies were brewing, few of them little.
The senators called a news conference to demonstrate they were serious about tackling soaring flood insurance rates. Help is coming, they promised homeowners in Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey and North Dakota, Tampa Bay Times’ Alex Leary reports.
The Georgia Department of Insurance has approved United Property & Casualty Insurance Co. (UPC) to write property/casualty insurance in the state as an admitted carrier, Insurance Journal reports.
Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm of North Dakota will be leading the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in 2014 with a focus on what’s in front of him, he says, not what’s in the “rear-view mirror,” National Underwriter’s Elizabeth Festa reports for PropertyCasualty360.com.
Almost 40% of Argentina’s reinsurance premiums are written locally, reinsurance chamber president Horacio Cavallero wrote in a report for local insurance newsletter Onda Seguro, BNAmericas.com notes.
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