Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, December 19

Dec 19, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

Anger, frustration spill over at flood insurance meeting in Pasco

More than 200 Pasco County residents crowded into City Hall on Wednesday to vent to a FEMA official about flood insurance rates so high that some worried they might have to declare bankruptcy, Rich Shopes reports for Tampa Bay Times.


Tornado Damage Assessment Underway in Central Florida

A central Florida city has declared a state of local emergency in the wake of a tornado that destroyed seven homes and damaged more than 150 others, Associated Press reports in


Bill would ease obtaining gun permits in Florida

Two state legislators want to make applying for a concealed weapon permit as easy as renewing an automobile tag or getting a fishing license, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


Federal budget a mixed bag for Florida

There is plenty Floridians probably won’t like about the budget deal the Senate approved Wednesday, Ledyard King reports for


Florida lawmakers admit losing redistricting records

Florida voters should be “up in arms” about the loss of legislative records used in redrawing the state’s congressional and legislative districts, the League of Women Voters said Wednesday, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


Hollingsworth Said to Be Blocking Carlos Lopez-Cantera from Lieutenant Governor Consideration

Talk among many Republican insiders this week is swirling around Adam Hollingsworth’s alleged unwillingness to put Carlos Lopez-Cantera on the shrinking short-list for lieutenant governor, Jeff Henderson and Nancy Smith report for


After slow start, federal program’s funding flows to small businesses

Money from a federal program begun three years ago finally hit small businesses in Florida this year, but the state has still only spent 43 percent of its federal allocation in the State Small Business Credit Initiative, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


“Grossly offensive” Satanic holiday display banned from Capitol rotunda

When it comes to holiday displays at the Florida Capitol, the line is drawn at the Flying Spaghetti Monster, writes Phil Ammann for


News Release:  Bermuda, Germany, Switzerland & United Kingdom Added to NAIC List of Qualified Jurisdictions

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) on December 18 approved four international supervisory authorities as Conditional Qualified Jurisdictions under the Process for Developing and Maintaining the NAIC List of Qualified Jurisdictions.


News Release:  National Association of Insurance Commissioners Elects 2014 Officers

Members of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) elected its 2014 officers on December 18.


FEMA:   Mississippi Has No Jurisdiction to Bring Suit Seeking National Flood Insurance Rate Hike Delay

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is objecting in vehement language to the lawsuit filed by the state of Mississippi that seeks to delay the immediate implementation of flood insurance rate hikes, National Underwriter’s Arthur Postal reports for


USA Today:  Rising sea levels torment Norfolk, Virginia and coastal U.S.

One block from the beach on the narrow Willoughby Spit, Bob Parsons was watching the weather news on TV in November 2009 when brackish water suddenly oozed up through the wood floors of his home and poured in from the front and back doors, Wendy Koch reports for USA Today.


State Insurance Concerns Bubble Up to Federal Level

Federal regulators showed they are paying attention at the state level even as state regulators want to be heard on the international level National Underwriter’s Elizabeth Festa reports for


Louisiana business community plans to ask legislators to limit lawsuits

The business community plans to push the Louisiana Legislature to pass bills that would limit who has access to the courts to redress grievances, Mark Ballard reports for The Advocate.


“Reef Balls” to Protect Connecticut Shoreline

New grant money will be used to purchase 40 “reef balls” – essentially large concrete geodesic gumdrops with Swiss-cheese holes – to act as a buffer against tidal changes and waves, the Republican-American reports via


New York Approves Esurance Telematics Program to Prevent Teen Texting While Driving

The New York Department of Financial Services approved an Esurance program that allows policyholders to install a free device in their cars that prevents teens from texting or calling while driving, National Underwriter’s reports.




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