Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, January 5

Jan 5, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

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



Daily Florida Insurance-Related Bills Filed for 2012


SB 1428  Relating to Renewal of a Commercial Lines Insurance Policy by Senator Chris Smith

SB 1428 provides that the transfer of a policy to certain other insurers would be considered a renewal of the policy, rather than a cancellation or nonrenewal.  Effective Date:  upon becoming a law



Daily Insurance-Related News


Blog:  Miami lawmaker says Citizens Property Insurance Corporation should cut millions in legal costs before raising premiums

Citizens Property Insurance spent more than $2.4 billion over five years on legal costs for claims.


Environmental coalition calls for end to subsidies for high-risk coastal development

The Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition says the 2010 BP oil spill demonstrated that Florida’s coast is the state’s “economic engine.”


THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:  Workers’ Compensation System Healthy, Regulators Report

Florida’s workers’ compensation system, once the target of business groups angered over skyrocketing rates, is financially healthy and — unlike property insurance remains almost entirely in the private market — according to an annual report released Wednesday by state regulators.


Florida insurance regulator asks life and health agents for help

Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty has asked insurance agents to help him convince the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that the federal health care overhaul is a job killer.


Florida Governor Rick Scott panel cannot compare Florida hospitals

A panel appointed by Governor Rick Scott, who once headed the nation’s largest for-profit hospital chain, told him on Tuesday that it could not determine whether Florida’s public hospitals provide better or worse care than private ones.


Blog:  Florida Representative Will Weatherford is a legislator to watch, says Governing Magazine

Governing Magazine named state Representative Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, one of 12 legislators to watch in 2012.  


Blog:  Like Florida Senate, Florida House revamps its first wave of district maps

Just as the Senate last week revamped its proposed redistricting maps, the House also introduced 11 proposed changes Wednesday night to the dozen House and congressional district proposals it unveiled in November.


Florida Trend:  2012 Florida Legislative Preview

The hottest non-redistricting fight likely will play out around a bill sponsored by Representative Erik Fresen (R-Miami) and Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff (R-Fort Lauderdale).


The Florida Current’s 2012 Session Outlook:  Budget & Taxes

Even though there’s a gleam on Florida’s financial horizon, it still appears that lawmakers will prefer to make more big cuts in the state budget than raise taxes to cover the shortfall, estimated as high as $2 billion.


Bill would clarify transition documents are public records

Senate Bill 1464, filed Wednesday by Senator Don Gaetz, R-Destin, would stipulate that records — including electronic records such as e-mails — held by new elected officials and their transition teams “shall be preserved so as not to impair the ability of the public to inspect or copy such public records.”


Contentious energy ad campaign begins in Florida

The American Petroleum Institute launched its new advertising “” campaign in Florida on Wednesday.


Mississippi Judge Throws Out ‘Largest Asbestos Award for a Single Plaintiff’

A Mississippi judge has thrown out a $322 million lawsuit verdict that had been hailed as the largest asbestos award for a single plaintiff in U.S. history.




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