Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, January 30
Jan 30, 2014
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There are no insurance-related events scheduled for today.
Insurance companies looking to make changes to the residential homeowners’ policies they offer no longer have a fast-track review process by regulators to get the new policies to the marketplace, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.
For years, the federal government has rewarded towns with smart flood management strategies by giving their residents discounted flood insurance rates, Tampa Bay Times’ Anna Phillips reports.
Florida Governor Rick Scott’s proposal this week for a 15-day sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies starting June 1 is getting the support of the Republican leadership in the Legislature and the leadership of the business community, SunshineStateNews.com’s Kevin Derby reports.
Dixon Hughes Goodman, the largest public accounting firm based in the Southern U.S., expanded its presence in the Florida market by adding an office in the greater Tampa Bay area, an addition to its already existing presence in Jacksonville.
House Speaker Will Weatherford on Wednesday said Medicaid expansion wasn’t a dead issue for the upcoming legislative session, but also didn’t say he’d back down from his refusal to accept federal money to do it, the Tampa Tribune reports.
State Representative Travis Cummings filed HB 751 Tuesday to set some ground rules for telemedicine in Florida, Peter Schorsch reports for SaintPetersBlog.com.
Florida Governor Rick Scott unveiled a $74.2 billion budget plan for the 2014-2015 fiscal year Wednesday during the annual Associated Press Florida Legislative Planning Session press conference at the Capitol, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.
- Rick Scott Proposes Bigger Budget For Florida In 2014
- Most of Scott’s proposed boost to education spending would come from property taxes
- Democrats call Rick Scott’s proposed budget a “shell game”
Justice Jorge Labarga will be the Florida Supreme Court’s next leader, Associated Press reports via SunshineStateNews.com.
The leaders of the Florida Legislature offered a glimpse at the upcoming legislative session as Republicans and Democrats ready their proposals and bills, Kevin Derby reports for SunshineStateNews.com.
A poll of registered Florida voters from Quinnipiac University released Thursday morning finds former Gov. Charlie Crist, the favorite for the Democratic nomination despite spending most of his political career as a Republican, leading Gov. Rick Scott 46 percent to 38 percent, Kevin Derby reports for SunshineStateNews.com.
- Gloves Off in Governor’s Race
- With Florida Press Paying Attention, Nan Rich Rips Scott and Crist Equally
Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. is appealing an order to return $16 million to homeowner customers who, for years, were charged a $65 application fee without their knowledge, Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal.
The White House has expressed concerns about some technical provisions of legislation that would re-establish the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers (NARAB), Arthur Postal reports for National Underwriter’s PropertyCasualty360.com.
The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations issued a risk alert on Tuesday warning advisors to be careful when recommending alternative investments like hedge funds, private equity funds or funds of private funds to clients, Danielle Andres reports for LifeHealthPro.com.
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