Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, March 11
Mar 11, 2013
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The state-backed Citizens Property Insurance has created an internal “forensic unit” to replace the firm’s Office of Corporate Integrity, which President and CEO Barry Gilway disbanded last year.
Legislation overhauling Florida’s property insurance market made it through its first Senate committee Thursday, but some industry groups are hoping to tack on provisions to shrink the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, or Cat Fund.
Florida lawmakers have been trying to “fix” Citizens Property Insurance for years. But every year, as the 60-day legislative session winds down, solutions seem to vanish.
Gov. Rick Scott is usually pretty even tempered — he moves from issue to issue with a keen focus, addresses it and moves on.
When I took the reins at Citizens Property Insurance Corp., I knew I was taking on a challenge.
The maps were intended to show how rising sea levels threaten some of Miami-Dade County’s most vital facilities.
Floridians know storms on a first-name basis: Andrew. Charley. Opal. Wilma.
A new report by nonprofit environmental coalition Ceres said the insurance industry is shunning Florida markets because of increased storm activity, while insurers have done little to prepare for climate change, the South Florida Business Journal reports.
Describing the insidious activity that comprises all kinds of insurance fraud in terms of the long-term battle that it is, NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle said in Orlando, “We have a shared responsibility to win this conflict. NICB, member companies, law enforcement, and anti-fraud organizations must present a united front to protect the American people.”
Allstate Insurance said it is ramping up its recruiting in Florida again and is looking for more than 50 new agency owners.
A saturation of golf courses in Naples may be a dream for golfers in the nation’s top golf spot, but it often can turn into a nightmare for members who quit and demand membership refunds.
The Florida Senate Select Committee on PPACA, which will make recommendations on how to implement the Affordable Care Act, meets Monday afternoon to discuss Medicaid expansion.
A Florida district court judge’s ruling that declared unconstitutional a 104-week limitation on injured workers’ temporary benefits has left insurers and employers scrambling to come up with a legislative solution as the state’s 60-day legislative session began this week.
Representative Marti Coley has been assigned to committees in Representative Clay Ford’s absence from the Legislature for health reasons.
It seems like a reasonable idea: before the records in a criminal or civil case can be made public, Florida’s clerks of court must purge them of all Social Security, credit card and bank numbers.
Budget allocations, the amounts of money earmarked for each part of the proposed budget, are likely to be finalized by Senate budget writers by the end of next week, a spokeswoman for the Senate said Friday.
Political watchers in Florida continue to attempt to figure out if former Governor Charlie Crist is planning to try to get his old job back – this time as a Democrat.
First-term state Representative Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park, will be going on miliary duty as a physician in Kuwait for three to four months after the end of the regular 2013 legislative session.
Florida House Republicans’ unanimous selection last week of the man they wish to assume the reins of speaker in 2014 has left many asking themselves one question: Just who is Steve Crisafulli?
State Rep. Doug Holder heads into his fourth term in office lacking the splashy titles that typically speak to a legislator’s power and influence in Tallahassee.
Kionne McGhee wrestled in high school and college; still enjoys the sport, as a kind of life metaphor: “You can’t leave the mat, or leave life, without dealing with your opposition head-on. If you do, you find yourself feeling inadequate.
District 88’s new representative is no stranger to state electoral politics; he’s been serving eastern central Palm Beach County from Tallahassee for at least the past three years.
The FBI in New Jersey is watching to ensure that federal money meant to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy doesn’t find its way into the pockets of corrupt politicians or scam artists.
Connecticut’s insurance department is proposing a new program that would offer a mediation option to resolve claims disputes between homeowners and their insurance companies that arise from catastrophes, such as hurricanes.
Environmental activist Erin Brockovich and a California attorney hired by a group of Assumption Parish, La., residents are coming to Pierre Part to discuss the legal options for residents evacuated from the Bayou Corne area due to a giant sinkhole.
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