Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, July 12

Jul 12, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


2:00 p.m.–Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurance Guaranty Association Workgroup meeting.  Agenda includes discussion of issues and concerns resulting from recent insolvencies, including large deductible policies, collateral and employee leasing policies.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



    Daily Insurance-Related News


    New Citizens Property Insurance chief wants better public outreach

    The new head of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. said Wednesday the company must do a better job telling its customers about the nature of its policies, especially the possibility of assessments if a large storm hits the state.


    Opinion:  The value of Citizens Property Insurance

    The question is not whether state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will raise rates, but how fast and by how much.


    State Representative Bryan Nelson and Senator Garrett Richter:  Florida’s Insurance Market, Part 2-Florida Insurance Guaranty Association’s Guarantee

    In Florida’s property insurance market, the least talked-about stabilizer is its oldest:  The Florida Insurance Guaranty Association, which the Legislature created in 1970 to handle the claims of bankrupt or failing insurance companies.


    Wireless emergency alert system launched by Federal Emergency Management Agency, weather service   

    In late June, the National Weather Service joined with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to launch a system that will send text messages to people in areas threatened by severe weather such as hurricanes.


    Replacing beaches could cost $20 million  

    Pinellas County officials know where Tropical Storm Debby deposited the sand stripped from local beaches.


    Blog:  Federal judge to hold hearing in Miami-Dade state attorney’s race write-in lawsuit

    The showdown is set:  A federal judge could decide on Thursday whether more than 700,000 voters are allowed to vote in the Miami-Dade State Attorneys August election that will effectively decide who is the countys top law enforcement officer.


    State owes feds $700 million for jobless benefits

    Florida businesses owe the federal government almost $700 million borrowed to make unemployment payments during the past three years.


    Ex-Florida Lieutenant Governor Carroll aide alleges misconduct

    An ongoing criminal case against a former top aide to Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll is transforming into a swirl of allegations about improper relationships, widespread illegal taping and other incidents inside Carroll’s office.


    Florida Department of Environmental Protection sets workshops focused on environmental permitting consistency

    Representatives of agriculture, industry and developer groups are giving the process an initial thumbs up.


    Insurers Win Exemption in Commodity Futures Trading Commission Swaps Definitions

    Swaps definitions adopted by federal regulators Tuesday exempt the insurance industry from a new regulatory regime for the complex derivatives outlined in the Dodd-Frank financial services reform law.

    • To view complete documentation from yesterday’s hearing, click here.


    Force-Placed Insurance Gaining National Spotlight

    New York State’s hearings last month on force-placed insurance appear to be just the beginning of an effort to reform industry practices around the coverage nationwide.


    Tropical Storm Creates New Beach on Alabama Coast

    Within the span of a week, the Gulf built a beach in front of most of the rock wall used to close Katrina Cut.


    Billionaire Hedge-Fund Manager Steps into Reinsurance Ring

    Billionaire hedge-fund manager Steven A. Cohen has decided to inject $500 million of additional capital into the Bermuda reinsurance markets.



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