Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, January 3

Jan 3, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


There are no Florida insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

Citizens’ latest moves barely scratch surface

With Florida Citizens Insurance announcing new measures to reduce its risk exposure by dropping coverage on homes valued at more than $1 million, it proves Florida’s Legislature is no closer to finding a solution for the state’s insurance woes than it has ever been.


Report shows Florida’s workers’ compensation market competitive, but drug costs still a factor

Tackling drug repackaging costs could lower workers compensation rates by 1.1 percent, states the report released Wednesday by state regulators. 


Florida Hospital to offer health insurance

Florida Hospital is working with a Brevard County company to offer health insurance starting next year.


Report on state business climate cites need for energy and environmental planning

A Florida Department of Economic Opportunity report on the state’s business climate is calling for a statewide strategy to ensure adequate future water supplies and for a statewide energy strategy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.


Florida expects big savings on welfare contract

Florida officials are expecting big savings from a new contract for handling federal food and temporary cash assistance services.


Blog:  Scott Plakon Files To Run For Florida House District 29

Former state Rep. Scott Plakon, the Longwood Republican who lost this fall to Maitland Democratic Rep. Karen Castor Dentel, is hoping to make a quick comeback.


Hate crimes down, but assaults are up

The number of hate crimes reported in Florida in 2011 dropped but the number of physical assaults increased, according to the 2011 Hate Crime in Florida Report released by Attorney General Pam Bondi.


Rick Scott oversees steep decline in state jobs

The findings of the Annual Workforce Report released Friday showed that 6,139 state positions have been cut during the last fiscal year as of June 30. 


Single-family home permits in part of Lee County up nearly 50 percent in 2012

Lee County saw new single-family home permits grow by nearly 50 percent in 2012, a good sign the housing industry is rebounding from the Great Recession.


FEMA Says Flood Insurance Program Will Be Broke By Next Week Without New Aid Bill

The federal government’s mandatory flood insurance program will exhaust its borrowing authority and run out of money to pay claims from Hurricane Sandy sometime next week, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said Wednesday.


Congress passes bill to ban further use of tainted Chinese drywall

Congress has taken action to stop the spread of tainted drywall blamed for corroding pipes and causing breathing problems in thousands of homes in Florida and 38 other states.


Texas Builds “Hurricane Domes” For Double-Duty

Most of the time, the windowless building with the dome-shaped roof will be a typical high school gymnasium filled with cheering fans watching basketball and volleyball games.


Superstorm Sandy Tops 2012 Insurance Claims

Natural disasters cost insurers $65 billion last year, with the United States accounting for nine-tenths of the bill and Superstorm Sandy prompting payouts of $25 billion, a leading insurance company said Thursday.


RIMS names John Phelps as 2013 president

The Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc. has named John Phelps, director of business risk solutions for Jacksonville, Fla.-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc., as the society’s 2013 president.




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