Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, January 2

Jan 2, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Public Adjuster Firm Reveals Its News Year’s 2014 Wish List for Property Insurance and Flood Insurance Reform

While many insurance industry and weather prognosticators try to predict what will happen in 2014, insurance claims public adjuster Tutwiler & Associates is offering its Florida and National Flood Program property insurance claims wish list for 2014.


Florida provides GPS to protect those fighting wildfires

The Florida Forest Service is equipping its frontline firefighters with GPS units that provide location points on supervisors’ laptops, Orlando Sentinel’s Kevin Spears reports.


Revamped Voting Roll Scrub Soon to Begin

Florida will soon begin forwarding the names of suspected noncitizens on the voter rolls to local elections officials, formally kicking off the second version of Gov. Rick Scott’s controversial scrubbing program, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Brandon Larrabee reports.


Judge nixes Florida’s welfare drug testing

A federal judge on Tuesday struck down a Florida law requiring applicants for welfare benefits to undergo mandatory drug testing, ruling it was unconstitutional and shouldn’t be enforced, Associated Press’ Mike Schneider reports via Tampa Tribune.


After Times-Union lawsuit, judge rules Jacksonville pension talks broke Sunshine Law

Talks that formed the basis for Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown’s pension reform proposals over the summer broke the state’s Sunshine Law, a Jacksonville judge ruled Tuesday, Florida Times-Union political columnist Matt Dixon notes the story by Steve Patterson.


Hate crimes up 22 percent across Florida

Florida saw a 22.3 percent increase in reported hate crimes in 2012 from the prior year, according to a report released Tuesday by Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office, Florida Times-Union’s Matt Dixon reports.


Florida home prices rise but sales dip in November as investor interest wanes

Home resales dipped in November in the year-over-year comparison, the first such downturn since Florida’s slow but steady housing recovery took hold, even as sales prices continue to rise, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer.


Florida Political Losers in 2013

Some Florida politicians will be glad to see 2013 end,’s Jeff Henderson reports.


The 10 Most Powerful People in Central Florida

On Sunday, Orlando Sentinel’s Scott Maxwell unveiled the first part of “The 25 Most Powerful People in Central Florida.”


2013:  A Year of Controversy, Change in Florida Education 

Education was a hot topic in the Sunshine State during 2013, with a new commissioner taking over and a new set of education standards right around the corner,’s Alison Nielson reports.


Commissioner Donelon:  Louisiana Workers’ Comp Insurance Rates to Decrease

Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon announced that rates for workers’ compensation insurance will decrease in Louisiana effective May 1, 2014, Insurance Journal reports. 



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