Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, February 28

Feb 28, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


    2:00 p.m.–Florida Insurance Guaranty Association Finance and Audit Committee meeting.  Tampa, Florida.



      Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


      Citizens Property Insurance releases list of internal complaints

      In an attempt to clear its name after a series of scandals involving corporate misconduct and improper spending, Citizens Property Insurance Corp. released a list of 474 internal complaints Wednesday.


      CBS 4 Investigation:  Overcharging Citizens Property Insurance

      Some insurance industry insiders believe the consumer losses could be in the millions of dollars with South Florida being ground zero for a massive state-wide problem.


      Bill to shrink hurricane fund would make homeowners pay more

      Home insurance premiums would rise statewide under bills filed Wednesday that aim to shrink the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund.


      The Florida Current’s Session Outlook:  Health Care

      Although the Florida Legislature goes to work next week, the bill expected to generate hot debate during the 2013 Session has yet to be filed.


      Business lobby lays out session goals

      Florida’s major business lobbying organization Wednesday endorsed Governor Rick Scott’s plans to repeal the sales tax on manufacturing equipment and to continue the phase-out of the state’s corporate income tax during the 2013 legislative session.


      U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether elections in Florida and other states need continued federal oversight

      Deirdre Macnab, president of the Florida League of Women Voters, says the electoral laws passed by Florida’s GOP-controlled legislature in 2011 provide the best evidence nationwide for why the U.S. Supreme Court should not strike down Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.


      Blog:  Orlando Senator files four foreclosure bills, calling Florida’s No. 1 ranking “shameful”

      Calling Florida’s position as the No. 1 state for foreclosures “shameful,” Senator Darren Soto, D-Orlando, has filed four bills aimed at helping struggling homeowners.


      Governor Rick Scott Wants $5 Million For Cities With Spring Training Facilities

      Governor Rick Scott said today at Tigertown that he wants to set aside $5 million each year for spring training teams in Florida.


      Bennett looking for partners in Common Core rollout

      National and state business leaders gathered in Orlando on Wednesday to discuss Florida’s implementation of Common Core Standards in the public school system.


      Buddy Dyer:  I will not run for governor

      Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer used his “State of the City” address on Wednesday to push the strong public building campaign that has marked his 10 years in office and to say he won’t leave that work unfinished.


      Work halted at Assumption Parish sinkhole

      Response operations at the 8.6-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish have been halted after seismic monitors noted an increase in underground tremors.


      Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corp. Policyholder Dividend Largest-Ever

      Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corp. has declared a 2012 dividend of $48.7 million, the company’s largest dividend ever.


      Bobby Jindal proposes sale of former insurance building to balance budget

      An art deco landmark in downtown Baton Rouge, a slice of a St. Tammany Parish psychiatric hospital campus and prime property overlooking the Louisiana Capitol need to be sold within the next year to make Governor Bobby Jindal’s budget balance.


      U.S. Cities in Front Line of Adapting to Extreme Weather, Rising Sea Levels

      The signs of rising water are everywhere in this seaport city:  Yellow “Streets May Flood” notices are common at highway underpasses, in low-lying neighborhoods and along the sprawling waterfront.


      Shedding a Tear for the Insurance Industry?

      I wanted to take a minute to draw attention to a story that isn’t getting much play in the headlines.



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