Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, November 7

Nov 7, 2011


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


(CANCELED) 10:00 a.m.–Florida Division of Insurance Agent and Agency Services (“IAAS”) Proposed Rule Hearing.  The Rules below are being repealed because they are duplicative of Rules 69O-175.006, 69O-175.008, and 69O-175.010.  To view the hearing notice, click here.

  • 69B-175.006:  Unfair Discrimination in Private Passenger Motor Vehicle Insurance Rates – Allocation of Administrative Expenses
  • 69B-175.008 Unfair Discrimination in Private Passenger Motor Vehicle Insurance Rates – Based on History of Accidents
  • 69B-175.010 Unfair Discrimination in Private Passenger Motor Vehicle Insurance – Based on Age

(CANCELED) 11:00 a.m.–IAAS Proposed Rule Hearing.  The Rule below is being repealed because it is obsolete.  To view the hearing notice, click here.



Daily Insurance-Related News 


Florida Insurance Commissioner Elected Head of National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty has been elected president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.


Citizens Property Insurance cutting coverage for awnings, screened-in pool enclosures

Starting next year, Citizens Property Insurance will drop coverage on almost everything but the main building on a property.


Column:  Insurance industry’s sinkhole hypocrisy will hurt Florida’s economy

The home looks like many of the others in the Seven Hills development.


Column:  Consumers, taxpayers lose in Citizens Property Insurance sinkhole debacle

The debacle involving Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and the sinkhole rates that it charges consumers points out one clear thing – that Citizens is not a true insurance company.


Federal Emergency Management Agency OK with Monroe County’s new request-only inspections

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has given tentative approval to Monroe County’s plan to amend the long-derided downstairs-enclosure inspection program.


Florida drivers fourth worst in nation

There’s not much enthusiasm in being fourth best. But when it comes to the nation’s worst drivers, maybe it’s better not to finish first.


Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater Announces Seven Insurance Fraud Arrests in Orlando and Miami

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced today the arrests of five insurance fraud suspects for their involvement in a staged accident scheme in Orlando.                                    


More Personal Injury Protection Fraud Arrests in Orlando, Miami

Five people in Orlando and two in Miami have been charged with Personal Injury Protection fraud.


Time to ban assisted living facility caregivers who abuse, state is told

When a mentally ill resident of the Hillandale assisted living facility left the home before dawn in August 2007, administrator John Ross instructed a caregiver not to search for him until the next day’s staff arrived.


U.S. Senator Bill Nelson seeks probe into voting laws

The U.S. senator from Florida is concerned the new laws in 14 states be a concerted effort to suppress voting by students and minorities.


Judge blocks state from seeking private company contracts to run prisons

Saying state prison workers will suffer and that the state is “not likely to succeed” on appeal, a Tallahassee judge bars the Department of Corrections from seeking bids from private companies to operate 29 South Florida prisons and work camps.


Task force grapples with expressway authority consolidation

The Government Efficiency Task Force is looking at merging some fuctions of the separate expressway agencies with the hope of saving money spent on redundant functions.


Florida to Accept YouTube, Twitter, Facebook Comments on Redistricting

Redistricting efforts in Florida are going to use social media for public comment. 


Nurses are flexing their muscles

It has been an arresting sight outside some Florida hospitals in the last few months:  Clusters of nurses in bright red scrubs, holding banners and speaking out about patient safety.


Why are so many Ninth Judicial Circuit judges leaving?

Eight veteran judges serving in the Ninth Judicial Circuit have announced their departures from the local bench during the past 18 months.


Few take advantage of state’s foreclosure mediation program

When Florida mandated a residential foreclosure mediation program two years ago, its creators hoped that joining lenders and borrowers together would plug the stream of foreclosure cases that swamped the court system.


News organizations launch website devoted to Florida politics

With the White House virtually unwinnable without Florida’s electoral votes and with the possibility that Bill Nelson’s seat could affect the balance of power in the Senate, Florida is likely to be the center of the political universe in 2012.


Regulators Say Focus Should Be on Risk Concentration, Not Capital Requirements

Regulators and others took aim at the idea of using capital requirements as a measurement in solvency and insurance financial-fitness assessments.


Texas Lawmaker Apologizes for Jewish Comment on Texas Windstorm Insurance Association

A Texas state lawmaker has apologized for reportedly using the phrase “Jew them down” during an official hearing. 




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