Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, December 12

Dec 12, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


    9:00 a.m.–Florida Automobile Joint Underwriting Association meeting.  Lake Mary, Florida.  Review claims provider performance in claims handling.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



      Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


      No hurricanes, but insurance rate hikes keep coming

      Florida homeowners struggling with sky high property insurance premiums received a stark message from the insurance industry this year: Even in hugely profitable periods, the rate hikes just keep coming, Zac Anderson reports for Sarasota Herald-Tribune.


      Florida Agents Near Deadline to Accept Citizens’ Appointment

      Florida insurance agencies and agents have just a few days left to decide whether or not to agree to the state-backed property insurer’s new appointment guidelines, Michael Adams reports for Insurance Journal.


      Florida Insurance Commissioner Announces Appointment of Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff

      Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty announced Rebecca Matthews has been appointed chief of staff for the state’s Office of Insurance Regulation, Insurance Journal reports.


      Former Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate Sean Shaw has the Edge in Hillsborough House Race

      Democrats might not have much of a chance of picking up the Florida House in 2014 but the stakes are high in Hillsborough County where an intriguing primary contest is shaping up for the seat held currently by the term-limited Betty Reed,’s Jeff Henderson reports.


      Senator Hays promotes medical teams idea to relieve Florida’s physician shortage

      Senator Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, has an idea to help alleviate a physician shortage in Florida, The Florida Current’s James Call reports.


      1936 Railroad Indemnity Deal Could Come Back to Cost Florida

      In a case stemming from a 1936 agreement about building a road in then-rural Pasco County, an appeals court Wednesday upheld a ruling that the state Department of Transportation should pay more than $500,000 to CSX Transportation, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Saunders reports via

      Florida Senate panel OKs local pension overhaul

      A key Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to defuse “a ticking time bomb” in local government pension plans with a complex formula for redistributing insurance premium tax revenue now reserved for improving retirement benefits for police officers and firefighters, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


      Senators given muck samples with a warning:  “Don’t open”

      A university scientist on Wednesday wanted to do more than just tell senators about the black muck wreaking environmental havoc in the Indian River Lagoon, The Florida Current’s Bruce Ritchie reports.

      Most incumbents stretch their cash lead but key House races tighten

      The majority of sitting Florida state lawmakers appear set to coast to victory in 2014, if new campaign finance reports are anything to go by, The Florida Current’s Bruce Ritchie reports.


      “Festivus” pole placed in Capitol

      A “Festivus” pole made of 16 beer cans took its place next to a “freedom from religion” banner Wednesday in the rotunda of the Florida Capitol, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


      Big Brains at Insurance Information Institute Give Their Take on 2014

      Most economists are upbeat about next year, but just what does that mean for insurance agents in 2014?  Don Jergler reports for Insurance Journal.


      Drilling Boom Leaves Some Neighbors with Damages, Depressed House Values

      The United States has a long history of keeping industrial activity out of middle and upper-middle-class residential neighborhoods. But that is starting to change with the spread of new technology for oil and gas drilling, such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” Reuters’ Michelle Conlin reports via Insurance




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