Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, August 2

Aug 2, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


9:00 a.m.–Florida Automobile Joint Underwriting Association meeting.  Agenda includes a review of claims provider performance in claims handling.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



Daily Insurance-Related News


Blog:  Governor Rick Scott grades county emergency managers, results not yet available

Governor Rick Scott’s administration has finalized the grading of county emergency managers even after the association representing the local officials asked Scott to terminate the project.


Florida Highway Patrol:  Learn to recognize staged crashes  

By knowing more about staged crash fraud, “Florida’s motoring public can avoid such schemes by criminals who prey on innocent motorists,” said Florida Highway Patrol Public Affairs Lt. Greg Bueno on Tuesday.


Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Check Fraud Efforts Produce Results

Just months after Florida lawmakers enacted a new law designed to target the role of check cashing companies in the construction industry, state officials announced a string of arrests netting more than $140 million in fraudulent transactions.


19 relief bills filed as first Florida Senate bills for 2013 session

The first Senate bill filed in the 2013 session would approve the city of Tallahassee’s payment of $900,000 to Mark Sawicki, a Florida State University engineer who was struck while on his bicycle by a city trash collection truck in 2009.


Red-light cameras score legal win, but other challenges loom

Score one in the courts for red light cameras.


Governor Rick Scott:  Email Omission on Sunburst a “Mistake” Being Corrected

Governor Rick Scott said because he has two accounts, his emails were inadvertently left off the state’s new public information webpage and sometime soon the public should be able to see his electronic correspondence.


Blog:  Florida pension fund report shows returns remain steady

The Florida State Board of Administration, the investment manager of the state’s multi-billion dollar pension fund, announced Wednesday that earnings have stalled for the state-run account that holds the retirement earnings of thousands of state and local government workers.


Early voting:  It’s not just rides to the polls any more

Generating voter turnout used to be a labor-intensive chore of setting up telephone banks and finding enough volunteers with big cars or vans to ferry people to the polls on Election Day.


Blog:  Judge in Greer case orders mystery document sealed – for now

An Orlando judge has agreed to keep a mystery document of witness testimony sealed in former Florida Republican Chairman Jim Greer’s money laundering trial.


Florida House District 36 candidates detail views

Florida’s House District 36 covers West Pasco from the coast to Little Road, including much of Mike Fasano’s current Senate district.


Florida House District 57:  Jake Raburn Has the Edge for Open Florida House Seat

Battling for an open seat in the Florida House representing parts of Hillsborough and Manatee counties, businessman Jake Raburn has the edge over his opponent for the Republican nomination and the Democrat in the race.


IRS steps up probe of Miccosukee Tribe over gambling profits

The Internal Revenue Service has escalated its investigation into the Miccosukee Indians’ finances, demanding that the West Miami-Dade tribe hand over a mountain of internal records showing millions in allegedly unreported payments from its gambling profits to tribal members.


Missouri Supreme Court Strikes Down Non-Economic Damage Cap

Missouri’s top justices have ruled that the state’s law placing limits on the amount juries can award for non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits is unconstitutional.


RMS Expands Mortality-Linked Catastrophe Bond

Risk Management Solutions announces that it has conducted the expert risk analysis for Swiss Re’s sixth issuance of the mortality-linked catastrophe bond, VITA V.


The London Interbank Offered Rate Scandal – an Ongoing Major Catastrophe

The scope of the investigations that are unfolding in the wake of the charges against Barclay’s Bank that it rigged the London Interbank Offered Rate have taken on the proportions of a major catastrophe.



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