Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, January 19

Jan 19, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


Florida’s 2012 Regular Legislative Session

  • Click here for today’s Senate block calendar
  • Click here for today’s House of Representatives block calendar


(CANCELED) 10:00 a.m.–Florida Surplus Lines Service Office National Clearinghouse Committee meeting.  To view the meeting notice, click here.


8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.–Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance

  • SB 1094 relating to Workers’ Compensation by Senator Alan Hays
  • SB 1346 relating to Citizens Property Insurance Corporation by Senator Steve Oelrich
  • SB 826 relating Title Insurance Claims by Senator Mike Bennett
  • SB 1152 relating to Repeal Of A Workers’ Compensation Independent Actuarial Peer Review Requirement by Senator Garrett Richter
  • SB 1230 relating to Open Government Sunset Review/Public Records Exemption/Consumer Complaints and Inquiries by the Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance
  • SB 1232 relating to Open Government Sunset Review/Personal Injury Protection and Property Damage Liability Insurance Policies by the Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance
  • SB 668 relating to Workers’ Compensation Medical Services by Senator Hays

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.–Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism

  • SB 676 relating to Workers’ Compensation Certificate-of-Exemption Process by Senator Chris Smith

2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.-Senate Budget Subcommittee on General Government Appropriations

  • CS/SB 938 relating to Insurance Agents and Adjusters by the Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance; Senator Garrett Richter



    Daily Insurance-Related News


    Citizens Property Insurance attempts to shrink, Governor Rick Scott applauds

    Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has begun implementing changes approved by its board of governors:  It will no longer cover coastal account properties valued at $1 million or more, now requires 10 percent sinkhole deductible, and reduced its maximum personal liability coverage from $300,000 to $100,000.


    Appeal court rejects move to halt new trauma centers

    An appellate court in Tallahassee threw out appeals from some of the state’s larger safety-net facilities to shut the door on new trauma centers owned and operated by the for-profit chain, Hospital Corp. of America.


    Prison health care bids back on track

    The process has faced repeated stops and starts, and was most recently stalled by an unprecedented flood of questions from potential vendors and a trio of bid protests filed in early December.


    Florida House panel narrowly passes bill allowing term limits for county elected officials

    The House Community & Military Affairs Subcommittee on Wednesday narrowly passed a bill that would allow local voters to approve term limits for county elected officials.


    Florida House committee delays vote on fertilizer bill amid questions, opposition

    A House committee on Wednesday delayed action on a bill that would exempt certified landscaping professionals from local fertilizer ordinances after observers on both sides said there were not enough votes to pass it.


    President Obama, Governor Rick Scott Agree:  Speed Up Tourist Visas for Brazilians

    President Barack Obama and Governor Rick Scott are poles apart politically, but their visits to Brazil last year put them on the same page when it comes to the value of Brazilian tourists here.


    Texas Windstorm Insurer Names New Controller and Vice President of Claims

    The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association recently named Pete Gise as controller and David Williams as vice president of claims.


    Report highlights states’ progress on implementing health insurance exchanges

    A report released by the federal government on Wednesday shows that 28 states have received more than $600 million in grants to establish health exchanges.


    Regulators press on with Volcker Rule amid critics

    Federal regulators are moving ahead with a rule that would ban banks from trading for their own profit. But they offered to consider adjustments after lawmakers expressed concerns that restrictions could hurt the economy.


    European Union Captives to be Impacted by Solvency II, Fitch Reports

    Corporations that have captive-insurance companies domiciled in Europe need to be aware of the implications of Solvency II proposals, which could significantly increase the capital and compliance burden of European captives, according to a report by Fitch Ratings.


    Ex-Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Carroll Fisher jailed in alimony case

    Former state Insurance Commissioner Carroll Fisher was jailed Wednesday on a contempt of court charge after a Tulsa County District Court appearance.



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