Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, July 7

Jul 7, 2011


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


(CANCELED) 10:00 a.m.–Florida Surplus Lines Service Office National Clearinghouse Committee meeting.  Agenda includes issues pertaining to the proposed national surplus lines tax clearinghouse.  To view the meeting notice, click here.

3:00 p.m.–Surplus Lines Insurance Multistate Compliance Compact (SLIMPACT) Pre-Commission Teleconference.  The Council of State Governments, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators and the National Conference of State Legislatures will host a series of conference calls prior to the launch of the SLIMPACT Commission in July.  To register, click here.


Daily Insurance-Related News


Chief Executive Officer:  Homeowners Choice Plans ‘Prudent’ Growth in Florida

In afternoon trading on July 6 , shares of Homeowners Choice were trading at $6.75 , up 0.45 percent from the previous close.


Florida Representative Broxson to host Citizens Property Insurance forums on aluminum wiring

Residents in Florida have been waiting on word of what they can do to insure their home if aluminum wiring is involved.


Pinellas residents warned of deadly threat of storm surge in hurricane 

The gradual slope of the continental shelf in the Gulf of Mexico. Raging winds pushing water onto shore.


Enforcement of Unlicensed Activity for Home Inspectors will begin July 1, 2011

This delay allowed initial applicants and those who were already working in the profession the necessary time to complete education, experience and testing necessary to meet the licensure requirements.


Enforcement of Unlicensed Activity for Mold Assessors and Mold Remediators will begin July 1, 2011

House Bill 713 delayed unlicensed enforcement of mold assessor and mold remediator licensure until July 1, 2011.


Contact us:  Has your property insurance premium been raised?

Has your property Insurance company raised your premium? If you are willing to be interviewed for a story, call staff writer Tim Engstrom at 344-4873 or e-mail your contact information to


Florida has highest occurrence of sinkholes

The weather, beaches and low cost of living make Florida one of the most ideal states for people to reside in.


Letter to the Editor:  Let elected officials know people want homeowners insurance at a fair rate

Letter:  Let elected officials know people want Insurance at a fair rate, David A. Degnon, Port St. Lucie.


Lawmakers Blast ‘Illegal’ Workers’ Compensation Case

Court award bolsters call for E-Verify and a tougher look at employers

A court ruling awarding workers’ compensation benefits to an illegal alien is drawing fire in Florida.


Section of pill mill law temporarily suspended

Florida’s surgeon general has temporarily suspended part of the state’s new “pill mill” legislation.


Editorial:  Florida lawmakers’ war on health reform has cost patients and taxpayers dearly

Democrats were in charge last year when Congress passed President Obama’s health-care overhaul.


Blog:  Governor Rick Scott says Florida economy headed in the ‘right direction’

Governor Rick Scott said today in Jacksonville that Florida’s economy is “headed in the right direction” based on five straight months of job growth this year.


Casey Anthony case prompts Boca Raton legislator to file bills to require early reporting of missing child

The Casey Anthony verdict Wednesday sparked a Boca Raton lawmaker to propose legislation making it a felony for a parent not to report a missing child, while a similar campaign underway is demanding that Congress enact a federal law.


Former Republican Party of Florida chair Jim Greer has same attorney as Casey Anthony

Why should Jim Greer be smiling after the Casey Anthony verdict?


House action casts shadow on SunRail funding from feds

It’s been only days since Governor Rick Scott gave his blessing for SunRail to move forward and already there are concerns about whether a slice of federal funding for the $1.2 billion project will materialize.


Butt out on redistricting, Florida legislators tell Congress

Members of Congress are the kind of people who like to be in charge.


No election date set to replace Florida Senator Hill

Governor Rick Scott has no set time line to call an election to replace Senator Tony Hill, D-Jacksonville, who is quitting a year early to work for new Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown.


Involuntary Tows:  Flagler’s Wreckers Get 25 percent Rate Increase, Their First in 8 Years

It’s not something the public generally knows:  Under Florida law, state and local government regulate significant portions of the towing industry.


Blog:  Florida moves up to 3rd in state revenue generated from gambling

State revenues from lotteries, slot machines, table games and other gambling rose 2 percent in the 2010 fiscal year, up from 2009 but still below 2008 levels, the last year before state revenues began to be negatively affected by the recession.


Florida Democrats Struggle to Capitalize on Latino Surge

Florida Democrats have seen their registration numbers swell in recent years, due in large part to a surge in Hispanic voters.


Members of Congress told not to try to influence new districts

Members of Congress are the kind of people who like to be in charge.


Antitrust enforcer leaving U.S. Justice Department

The chief enforcer of the nation’s antitrust laws for the past 2 1/2 years, Christine Varney, is stepping down.


International Association of Insurance Supervisors to develop framework for international insurance groups

The International Association of Insurance Supervisors is developing a framework to foster cooperation between the supervisors of internationally active insurers.


National Insurance Crime Bureau:  Thefts of vehicles fall to their lowest level since 1967

Vehicle thefts declined for seven straight years as the number of stolen vehicles decreased in 2010 by 7.2 percent from the year before, the lowest since 1967, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.



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