Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, October 28

Oct 28, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


10:00 a.m.–Florida Automobile Joint Underwriting Association meeting. Discussion of procedures and duties of the Producer Review Committee.  Teleconference:  877-826-6967; conference ID:  2867636526.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


New auto insurance rates could be mixed bag in wake of court ruling

Drivers may not see the drop in auto insurance premiums promised by lawmakers and insurance companies when legislation was passed in 2012 that aimed at curbing fraud and lowering claims, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.

Senator Sachs again files regulations for parasailing industry

State Senator Maria Sachs once again floats regulations of the parasailing industry, by refilling a bill in the Legislature known as the “White-Miskell Act,” Peter Schorsch of reports.


Scott says his will be the nation’s premier race of 2014

Florida Governor Rick Scott told Republican women Sunday his re-election “will be the biggest race in the country” next year and that winning it can change country’s direction back toward Republican economic policies, Bill Cotterell reports for The Florida Current.


Democrats push Alex Sink for Bill Young’s vacated House seat

During the Florida Democratic Party’s state conference this weekend, Alex Sink of Tampa appeared to move closer to running for the Pinellas County U.S. House seat vacated by the death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young – not in her own words but in words spoken about her, William March writes for the Tampa Tribune.


Florida braces for cuts to food stamp program

Florida’s food programs are bracing for cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that kick in Friday – while watching warily as U.S. House and Senate conferees prepare to negotiate a federal farm bill, which could have much more far-reaching consequences for hungry Floridians, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Margie Menzel reports via the Miami Herald.


Draft springs legislation would reserve spring flows, require septic tank hook-ups

Draft springs protection legislation being prepared by Senator David Simmons would designate 21 “outstanding Florida springs” and require the establishment of springs protection zones around them, The Florida Current’s Bruce Ritchie reports.


Congresswoman Maxine Waters Announces Deal to Repair National Flood Insurance Program

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, has announced a bipartisan legislative solution to fix the National Flood Insurance Program and ensure changes are implemented affordably. 


U.K. Braces for Hurricane-Force Winds in Worst Storm Since 1990

Southern England is girding for 90 mile-per-hour winds as the biggest storm since 1990 is forecast to fell trees and damage buildings, Bloomberg reports via Insurance Journal.



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