Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, February 6
Feb 6, 2012
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Florida’s 2012 Regular Legislative Session
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State-run entities that expanded over the past decade to provide affordable homeowners insurance in hurricane-threatened Florida are in danger of becoming so big they threaten to wreak havoc on the local economy.
Some customers of Citizens property insurance might have their homeowners policies taken over by private companies under a bill passed in the House and heading to the Senate.
Thanks to a rare February disturbance moving north from the Caribbean and in this general direction, expect to see some – and possibly a lot of – rain today.
A major change with Gulfport’s flood zones has taken effect and it could save residents thousands of dollars on flood insurance.
Florida’s leaders showed tremendous vision by enacting the first-in-the-nation motor vehicle no-fault laws that became effective in 1972.
Brown & Brown Inc. is building an aircraft hangar at Daytona Beach International Airport that will be the largest ever built at the Volusia County-run airport.
Vice President Joe Biden will visit Florida State University to talk about college affordability at 11:00 a.m.
A federal judge ruled Friday that four state lawmakers and two legislative staff members could not be forced to testify in a legal challenge of a controversial elections law that was passed this past session.
A federal judge ruled Friday that four Florida lawmakers and two legislative staff members could not be forced to testify in a legal challenge of a controversial elections law passed last session.
The Florida House today passed Congressional, state House and state Senate maps that lay out how it wants voting districts to be drawn for the next decade.
- U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen could be redistricted out of Florida Keys
- Redrawn Congressional boundaries create roadblock for Florida Senator Mike Fasano
Flanked by nurses and educators, a group of Democratic state lawmakers held a press conference in the Capital yesterday to denounce the GOP-led Legislature’s plans to cut health services in the state budget in order to save money for education.
Critics are opposing a bill they claim introduces nonjudicial foreclosures to Florida, favors banks and threatens homeowners’ rights, but the Naples legislator sponsoring it insists the opposite is the case.
A state ethics panel found Senator Jim Norman should be prosecuted in connection with a half-million-dollar gift to his wife from a prominent Hillsborough County businessman.
The high-speed rail project that Governor Rick Scott doomed last February by turning down more than $2 billion in federal money would have made an annual surplus of $31 million to $45 million within a decade of operation, according to a state report.
The U.S. Department of Labor and the Mexican consulate in Orlando today announced an agreement to offer Mexican workers in Florida the resources to understand their rights.
State Senator Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, has filed an amendment to a Senate committee’s energy bill in an effort to repeal a statute that allows energy companies to charge their customers for nuclear power plants that may never be built.
Growlers, an old-fashioned way of enjoying freshly brewed draft beer at home, are all the rage around the country.
No doubt from time to time, you have watched our local government in action and thought to yourself: “What a bunch of doofuses! Why if I was an elected (fill in the blank) I could do a much better job than those chuckleheads.”
Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said he is working with legislators on a bill that would require insurers to offer discounts to homeowners who have strengthened homes against wind damage.
The property and casualty insurance industry is supporting legislation that would alter patent law to allow for use of parts not made by the manufacturer in repairing damaged vehicles.
Firms Say They Increasingly Are Targets of Litigation by Clients, Ex-Partners
Law firms are loading up on Insurance against expensive liability claims as they increasingly find themselves on the wrong end of lawsuits. Getting blamed for poor results is nothing new for law firms, but they say clients have become more willing to sue in recent years.
When the oversized postcard arrived last August from Provena St. Joseph Medical Center promoting a lung cancer screening for current or former smokers over 55, Steven Boyd wondered how the hospital had found him.