Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, February 13
Feb 13, 2012
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Florida’s 2012 Regular Legislative Session
- Click here for today’s Senate block calendar
- Click here for today’s House of Representatives block calendar
9:00 a.m.–Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Long-Term Care Managed Care Technical Advisory Workgroup meeting. Continued discussion on the Medicaid eligibility process. To view the meeting notice, click here.
1:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.–Florida House of Representatives Government Operations Appropriations Subcommittee. To view the meeting notice, click here.
- CS/CS/HB 385 relating to Medical Malpractice by House Judiciary Committee; House Civil Justice Subcommittee; State Representative Matt Gaetz; State Representative Doc Renuart
- HB 725 relating to Insurance Agents and Adjusters by State Representative Bill Hager
- CS/HB 1011 relating to Warranty Associations by State Representative Joe Abruzzo
- CS/HB 1065 relating to Annuities by State Representative Doug Broxson
It’s almost heresy in the Capitol, but one conclusion leaps out in the debate surrounding Citizens Property Insurance Corp. in certain committee rooms this year: Florida’s much maligned state-run insurer is in solid financial shape.
Robert Weckerle, Vero BeachLetter: Explanation of home insurance rates — It’s the state’s fault I want to thank Tasha Carter (director, division of consumer affairs, Florida Department of Financial Services) for her thoughtful explanation as to how home insurance rates are adjusted within Florida.
One lawmaker calls it “dangerous.” Another warns it will turn Florida’s Insurance landscape into the “Wild West.”
New cameras snap hundreds of photos a day at red lights across the Tampa area. Motorists are paying millions in fines.
Joyce Concklin has 10 good reasons why every state should pass a ban on texting while driving: That’s the number of bones she broke when a texting driver ran into her.
While Governor Rick Scott has made news by rejecting several grants funded by the federal health care reform act, a study by an independent nonprofit group finds that Florida organizations have quietly received $119.6 million in reform act funds over the past two years.
The Florida Senate released a $70.8 billion budget late Friday that would spend more money and spare more jobs than the plan that has already passed the House.
With the Legislature passing the midpoint of its 60-day session last week, lawmakers have made real progress on the biggest issues on their agenda for the year.
Legislative leaders said they expected a quiet 2012 session on growth management after the Legislature adopted sweeping and controversial changes last year.
Announcements of such projects as a new 250,000 square-foot food distribution center in Charlotte County are a staple of the Scott administration.
What do landline telephones have to do with school repairs?
Will Weatherford is used to other people in his family getting the limelight.
All of a sudden Denise Grimsley finds herself smack in the middle of a tug-of-war between House and Senate — maneuvering the budget — the thing that morphs into the annual showdown to decide which is the stronger chamber.
A billion-dollar maritime treasure will remain in Tampa Bay bank vaults if a Key West lawyer successfully argues that the fortune belongs to several wealthy South American families and not the Spanish government or the salvagers who found it.
Louisiana’s property insurer of last resort has offered to settle a dispute over slow handling of hurricane claims from 2005 for up to $80 million, with no more than $25 million of that for attorneys’ fees – an offer that could sharply reduce the money that policyholders eventually receive.
It is no coincidence that so many state legislatures have spent the last year taking the same destructive actions: Making it harder for minorities and other groups that support Democrats to vote, obstructing health care reform, weakening environmental regulations and breaking the spines of public- and private-sector unions.
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