Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, July 30, 2015

Jul 30, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

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    Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


    State game plans to address high failure rates on drivers license test

    In light of the startling failure rates on the state’s new written drivers test, top aides to Governor Rick Scott and Florida Cabinet are pushing the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles on what it is doing to improve the numbers.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Jeremy Wallace reports via “The Buzz” blog.


    Gulfstream Property and Casualty Insurance Names David N. Block as CFO and Treasurer

    Gulfstream Property and Casualty Insurance Company, a regional property carrier providing homeowners, condominium, renters, dwelling fire and flood coverage with operations in five states, has announced the appointment of David N. Block as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, reports.


    Chairman Rex W. Huggins Appointed CEO of The Seibels Bruce Group

    The Seibels Bruce Group, Inc., an insurance services provider of business process outsourcing solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Rex W. Huggins to Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Huggins has served as Chairman of the Board of Seibels since 2007, the company announced.


    City of North Port becoming self-insured

    In a change that North Port leaders say will save more than $1 million a year, the city will begin self-insuring for its property, liability and workers’ compensation claims, Christine Womack reports for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.


    No clear roadmap yet on Florida Senate districts

    The agreement with the League of Women Voters of Florida, Common Cause Florida and others that legally challenged the Florida Senate’s current map doesn’t list the districts that have to be changed.  And the opponents’ objections have encompassed 28 districts — fully 70 percent of the districts represented in the 40-member Senate.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Brandon Larrabee reports via


    Guns-on-campuses bill to come back in Florida Legislature in 2016

    Many higher education officials, teachers and parents cheered this year when a single Florida GOP senator killed proposed legislation that would allow holders of concealed weapons permits to carry guns on Florida college and university campuses, Mitch Perry reports for


    Tuberculosis Hospital Buyer Seeks Refund

    A development company that acquired the site of the former A.G. Holley state tuberculosis hospital last year in Palm Beach County wants a $1.29 million refund from the state because the property has less land than advertised.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via the Lakeland Ledger.


    Outlook for Florida’s children looks grim

    The latest data ranks Florida children 45th in economic well-being, 27th in education, 38th in health, 34th in family and community.  Even in the state’s most positive area, Florida is still worse off for kids than more than half the nation.  Janelle Irwin reports for


    Man-Made Earthquakes Now Covered By Some Oklahoma Insurance Companies

    As earthquakes continue to shake much of Oklahoma, changes are being made in how earthquake insurance is being handled, KOTV reports.


    Rhode Island Consumer Alert Looks at Insurance Implications for Home-Sharing Rentals

    Rhode Island’s Insurance Division is advising consumers to examine insurance implications when using home-sharing rental websites such as Airbnb, Insurance Journal reports.


    Body shop owner challenging Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney

    Second-term Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney is being challenged in the Republican primary by John Mosley, a body shop owner who says insurance companies have gotten away with paying for less-than-perfect replacement parts to repair damaged vehicles.  Emily Wagster Pettus reports for the Biloxi Sun-Herald.


    Nation’s capital is sinking, quickly

    Sea levels are rising, and according to a new study, Washington, D.C., is quickly sinking.  The combination could be potentially problematic for those living in the nation’s capital.  UPI Science News reports via


    It’s Time for Dialogue, not Demagoguery, on Price Optimization

    Insurance regulators throughout the country have begun to target, freeze and polarize an increasingly visible set of rating practices known as “price optimization,” Right Street’s Ian Adams blogs on Insurance Journal.


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