Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, January 12
Jan 12, 2012
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9:00 a.m.–Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Public Rate Hearing: Southern Oak Insurance Company. Southern Oak Insurance Company has requested a 19.1 percent overall rate increase for its dwelling fire line of coverage. The proposed rate increase would be effective February 15, 2012 for new business and July 31, 2012 for renewal business. The requested rate increase is not uniform; some areas are subject to a higher rate increase. To view the meeting notice, click here.
(CANCELED) 10:00 a.m.–Florida Surplus Lines Service Office National Clearinghouse committee meeting. To view the meeting notice, click here.
10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.–Senate Committee on Judiciary. To view the meeting packet, click here.
- SB 378 relating to Expert Testimony by Senator Garrett Richter
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.-House Economic Affairs Committee. To view the meeting packet, click here.
- HB 245 relating to Depopulation Programs of Citizens Property Insurance Corporation by State Representative Jim Boyd
- HB 307 relating to Workers’ Compensation Certificate-of-Exemption Process by State Representative Mack Bernard
- HB 379 relating to Captive Insurance by State Representative Jeanette Nuñez
- HB 4019 relating to Repeal of Workers’ Compensation Reporting Requirement by State Representative Bryan Nelson
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.–House State Affairs Committee. To view the meeting packet, click here.
- HB 7019 relating to Open Government Sunset Review/Insurance Claim Data Exchange Information by the Florida House of Representatives’ Government Operations Subcommittee
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.–Senate Budget Subcommittee on General Government Appropriations. To view the meeting packet, click here.
- SB 578 relating to Depopulation Programs of Citizens Property Insurance Corporation by Senator Garrett Richter
- SB 610 relating to Captive Insurance by Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla
2:00 p.m.–Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund Advisory Council meeting. Obtain approval for the filing of a Notice of Proposed Rule for 19-8.029, F.A.C., entitled “Insurer Reporting Requirements” and 19-8.030, F.A.C., entitled “Insurer Responsibilities.” Teleconference: (888) 808-6959; conference code 4765251363. To view the meeting notice, click here.
HB 7033 Relating to Open Government Sunset Review/Personal Injury Protection and Property Damage Liability Insurance Policies by State Representative Doug Broxson
HB 7033 would removes from scheduled repeal under Florida’s Open Government Sunset Review Act an exemption from public records requirements for personal identifying information and policy numbers regarding Personal Injury Protection Insurance and property damage liability insurance policies. Effective Date: October 1, 2012
Governor Rick Scott and board members of Citizens Property Insurance are pushing for comprehensive changes to the state-backed insurer to reduce its size and coverage, and now they have a bill.
A House subcommittee approves a bill that eliminates chiropractors and massage therapists from the system and directs drivers, passengers directly to hospitals. Governor Scott says he supports the approach.
A bill that would force all accident victims to go to emergency rooms instead of their family doctor — even for minor injuries — has cleared a House subcommittee.
In the annual State of the State address opening Florida legislative session, Governor Rick Scott highlighted automobile insurance while remaining mum on the future of the state’s property insurance underwriter, Citizens Property Insurance Corp.
State Senator Joe Negron this week filed legislation designed to crack down on the fraud that leads to more expensive personal injury protection insurance required of all Florida drivers.
Represenative Matt Hudson, R-Naples, came out strongly Wednesday against the governor’s proposed changes to Medicaid reimbursements, which would gouge $1.85 billion from hospital income statewide.
Florida’s elections chief is resigning from his job after the state’s January 31 presidential primary.
The House Business and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee heard the outlines of a plan Wednesday from major business lobbying groups to reduce the planned increase in the unemployment compensation tax.
The Florida House is advancing legislation that would increase the governor’s power over judicial appointments.
Set against the backdrop of a partisan skirmish, the Senate Redistricting Committee finished its work Wednesday, sending its Senate and congressional maps to the full Senate.
Two Palm Beach County lawmakers are pushing for the Legislature to re-examine a law passed last year forcing local governments to strike county and city gun laws from the books, including those that prohibited gun owners from bringing their firearms into government buildings.
A proposal to bring destination casino resorts to Florida got through its first committee in the Senate Monday, but the House is not inclined to move as quickly as its counterpart.
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says he will outline on Thursday his ideas for energy legislation in a presentation to the House Energy and Utilities Subcommittee.
Governmental bodies would have to give citizens a chance to be heard before acting on public issues under a bill moving through the Florida Legislature.
Florida, a key cog in an expanding global human-trafficking network, is looking to crack down on the $32 billion industry, starting with a vote on anti-racketeering legislation Thursday.
One tipster suggested the state cut heating bills by forcing government workers to wear more clothes.
In a report published on its website, Guy Carpenter & Co., the insurance broker owned by Marsh & McLennan Cos., says that property catastrophe reinsurance prices increased 9.5 percent globally for contracts renewed on January 1, following natural disasters that reached an historic high last year.
Banks and insurers including Citigroup Inc. and Assurant Inc. are being investigated by New York’s insurance regulator over the prices charged to mortgage borrowers for home insurance, a person familiar with the matter said.
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