Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, November 19

Nov 19, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

There are no Florida insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Insurance-Related News


Fired investigators uncovered evidence of misconduct at Citizens Property Insurance

The corporate watchdogs who were recently fired from Citizens Property Insurance Corp. had uncovered evidence of favoritism, improper compensation and poorly handled investigations at the highest levels of the state-run company.


Patients may lose in provider tug of war over Florida’s health information

It seemed like a good idea, a solid path to better medical care.


THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:  Expect Florida House to Start Upcoming Session Earlier; Rules Won’t Change Dramatically

The House will start its sessions a little earlier, and one subcommittee will write the House budget for both K-12 education and higher ed, under new rules proposed Friday by leadership for approval by legislators next week.


Blog:  Recount adds to Murphy’s lead in race; West still not satisfied

Patrick Murphy’s campaign declared victory this afternoon in his race for Congress against U.S. Representative Allen West, in which final – but uncertified – totals from St. Lucie County elections officials showed him finishing with 50.16 percent of the vote.


Saunders bows out of Florida House

Life would be easier if Key West and Tallahassee were not separated by a 12-hour drive, former state Representative Ron Saunders said Friday, days after ending his second stint in the Florida Legislature.


Economists make small changes to Florida forecast

State economists are making relatively small changes to their forecast for an improving Florida economy, but whether the federal government goes off the so-called ”fiscal cliff” could change that.


Competition heats up as U.S. ports prepare for Panama Canal expansion

Five mega ships – one as long as three-and-a-half football fields – line the wharves of this bustling port as towering cranes pluck containers stuffed with products destined for the shelves of Southeast retailers.


Florida Prison Health Care System to Cut 1,890 Jobs

Nearly 2,000 state workers are being displaced from Governor Rick Scott’s administration because of the nation’s biggest outsourcing of prison health care.


New Poverty Statistics:  Is Florida Really Third Poorest State in Nation? It Depends

Last week the U.S. Census Bureau released a follow-up report to its most recent study on poverty rates in the United States.


Community bank formations have been scarce in Southwest Florida

Twenty community banks were launched in Southwest Florida from late 1998 to 2008, but not a single new bank has opened here since then.


President to Ask for National Flood Insurance Program Borrowing Increase

The Obama administration will ask Congress to raise the National Flood Insurance Program’s borrowing authority to $25 billion, according to sources.


National Association of Insurance Commissioners CEO to Depart November 30

Dr. Therese M. Vaughan announced she will step down as Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, effective November 30.


National Association of Insurance Commissioners Sets Up Consumer Call Center In Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy

State insurance regulators, working cooperatively through the NAIC, are coordinating efforts to assist New Jersey and other Eastern Seaboard residents in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.


WCI  Oklahoma Gears Up for Workers’ Compensation Battle in 2013

Oklahoma lawmakers and elected officials appear to be gearing up for a major workers’ compensation tug-of-war when they convene on Feb. 4, 2013, for their 54th legislative session.


Q&A with Surplus Lines Association of California Director McKay

Andrew G. Simpson, vice president of content for Wells Media Group Inc., recently grilled Surplus Lines Association of California Executive Director Benjamin McKay on an array of matters, including the market, new regulations and SLA’s role in the world.


Q&A With New York’s ELANY Executive Maher on Surplus-Lines Industry’s Resiliency

The Excess Line Association of New York plays a vital role for New York’s surplus-lines industry. The group, a non-profit advisory association created by the New York statute in 1988, is charged with the duty to facilitate and encourage compliance with the excess line law.



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