Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, December 29

Dec 29, 2011


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


(CANCELED) 10:00 a.m.–Florida Surplus Lines Service Office (“FSLSO”) meeting; 10:00 a.m.  A meeting of either the FSLSO Board of Governors or National Clearinghouse Committee is scheduled.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



Daily Insurance-Related News


Florida lawmakers to consider repealing red-light cameras

One of the most hotly debated issues of the 2010 Florida Legislative session is coming back before lawmakers. Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, filed a measure to repeal the law allowing cameras to be used to catch red-light runners.


Let voters decide on Florida tax-backed hospitals and health districts, review panel urges

Hospital and health care taxing districts throughout Florida would have to seek re-approval from voters every eight to 12 years under draft recommendations to be finalized today by a panel convened by Gov. Rick Scott.


Orphaned Florida House member says he’ll run for Senate

Rep. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, whose District 89 seat is being broken up by redistricting, says he will run for a Senate seat in central Palm Beach County if one is created during the Legislature’s redrawing of district maps.


Florida minimum wage rises Sunday

The minimum wage rises 36 cents — about 5 percent — to $7.67 an hour beginning Jan. 1, First Coast News reports.


Florida’s economy slowly improving, state report shows

Key indicators show the state’s financial health is improving after declining for two years.


Report:  Internal bank papers show worry over Florida pursuit of pension fraud

An informer in a state fraud case against Bank of New York Mellon Corp. offered prosecutors an inside look at how the bank allegedly scrambled to contain a government investigation into whether the bank overcharged Florida’s state and local pension funds, among others, to execute currency trades.


Bill tweaked to allow pari-mutuels to become casinos, give local voters veto over expanded gambling

The co-sponsor of a bill that would bring destination casinos to South Florida is proposing significant changes, including measures that could turn existing pari-mutuels like racetracks and jai-alai frontons into full-fledged casinos.


The Florida Current’s 2012 Session Outlook:  Utilities and Energy

All eyes are on Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam to find out whether he can propose an energy bill that will pass after other such bills have died in the past three legislative sessions. There are other bills floating around dealing with renewable energy and repealing the state ethanol requirement for gasoline.


Why Brazil is Florida Trend’s ‘Floridian of the Year’

Florida Trend magazine, sister publication to the St. Petersburg Times, wrapped up 2011 by naming Brazil as its “Floridian of the Year.” For good reason. The magazine states that 2011 became the year that cemented Brazil’s importance to Florida.


Allstate Revises Agent Compensation Plan

Allstate’s captive agents have been spared part of a planned cut in their commissions as the insurer has revised its compensation strategy.


Insurers Divided Over North Carolina Auto Insurance System

Is it more important to keep overall car insurance premiums low, or to make sure everyone’s paying what they deserve?


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