Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, December 9

Dec 9, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Senator Hays refiles bill to reduce Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund coverage

Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, will once again try to pass legislation to reduce the total coverage in the state’s Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, or Cat Fund, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


Florida Consumer Action Network:  Florida’s Hurricane Catastrophe Fund needs restructuring while its still possible

While the risk associated with Florida’s state-run insurance entities – Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund – may now be less, there is still more work that needs to be done, Florida Consumer Action Network’s Bill Newton explains in the Ft. Myers News-Press.


Responding to rise in hit-runs, South Florida legislator proposes stiffening penalties

Fatal hit and runs have become so common in South Florida that at least one state lawmaker is asking for stiffer sentences to try to stem them, Mike Clary reports for the Sun-Sentinel.


Tackling Florida’s Nursing Shortage:  Law Change Allows More Poor Performing Programs

Laws passed in recent years to boost the number of nurses in Florida have resulted in more nursing education programs on probation and more nursing graduates failing the national competency examination, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting’s Steve Miller reports via the Lakeland Ledger.


Extra Revenue Could Top $1 Billion

It appears Governor Rick Scott will have more than $1 billion in extra money to work with when he begins crafting his budget recommendations for the legislative session that begins in the spring, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Brandon Larrabee reports via


When state dollars don’t pay dividends

The state of Florida gave Oshkosh Corp. more than $700,000 in tax breaks and cash incentives to move its ambulance production operation from Indiana and Michigan to southwest Florida in 2011, the Miami Herald’s Kathleen McGrory reports.


Democrats waste no time blasting Rick Scott on Adam Hollingsworth

The Miami Herald reported Friday that Adam Hollingsworth, Florida Governor Rick Scott’s chief of staff, lied about his education over a decade ago on his resume with a past employer, global transportation company CSX,’s Phil Ammann explains.


Florida’s Underwater Homeowners Struggle to Reach Federal Life Preserver

Florida got $1 billion from the federal government to help struggling homeowners, but just 13 percent of that money has gone toward helping them, William Patrick reports for


State Representative Bill Hager Faces Major Challenger in David Silvers

After a narrow win in 2012, Republican Bill Hager can expect another tough fight for his House seat in Palm Beach County,’s Jeff Henderson reports.


U.S. House Bill Approved to Move Unclaimed Airport Cash from TSA to Veterans

On Thursday, the U.S. House passed by voice vote a bill from U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., to ensure that unclaimed money from aiport security checkpoints will go to support veterans instead of to the Transportation Security Administration, Kevin Derby reports for


Insurance agents feeling left out of Obamacare

Nearly 70,000 agents and brokers have been certified nationwide to sell health insurance on the federal exchange. Many say they could be the troubled health law’s best ambassadors with the potential to boost lackluster enrollment figures – only about 27,000 had enrolled via the federal website nationwide in the first month, Associated Press’ Kelli Kennedy reports via the Tampa Tribune.



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