Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, June 21

Jun 21, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


There are no Florida insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Insurance-Related News


Florida Flunks R.J. Lehmann Report Card as Worst Insurance Regulatory Environment in the Nation

Florida is home to the largest residual homeowners insurer in the country, Citizens Property Insurance Corp., as well as a state-run reinsurer, the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund.

  • To read the Report Card, click here.

Interim Citizens Property Insurance President Tom Grady:   “I was very cost-conscious” with travel expenses

Former Naples state legislator Thomas Grady is defending nearly $10,000 in travel expenses he incurred as interim president of state-run Citizens Property Insurance.


Florida, FEMA Working on Deal to Prevent National Flood Insurance Program Suspension in State

A tenuous truce has been forged between federal and Florida emergency-management officials over a bill passed by the Florida legislature that could potentially leave 2.06 million property owners in the state without flood insurance just as the hurricane season nears its peak in July.

Flagler Beach funding request for beach restoration delayed 

Flagler Beach officials will have to wait to get an answer regarding their request for money to help fund a proposed beach restoration project.

Daytona to get $1.7 million insurance settlemen

A three-year legal dispute over insurance between the city and seven companies has been settled with an agreement to pay the city $1.7 million.


Electronic health records provide $400 million payoff for Florida

Doctors and hospitals in Florida have received over $404 million from the federal health agency as a reward for switching from paper to electronic health records, according to data released Tuesday.


State employees may be asked to pay more for insurance

Lawmakers will consider making changes to the state employee health insurance plan when they meet next year.


Blog:  Florida Governor Rick Scott makes it clear he’s backed off mandatory E-Verify requirement for business

Maybe it was the work day the governor spent last month in a citrus grove, but the governor has left no doubt that he has backed off his election promise to require private employers in Florida to use the federal E-verify system to determine their employees’ immigration status.

Blog:  Governor Rick Scott says Florida Department of Law Enforcement cleared him of transition records misdeeds

Governor Rick Scott’s office released a statement Wednesday evening saying state investigators had concluded their inquiry into the disappearance of transition emails and records and found no wrong doing.


Legislature’s Economic and Demographic Research report says Florida’s real unemployment drop is closer to .3 percent

Governor Rick Scott was asked today why the lastest Quinnipiac poll numbers keep showing his public approval rating dropping below 40 percent.

Blog:  Governor Rick Scott reaches out to president of China

Governor Rick Scott sent an e-mail Tuesday to China’s president to praise him for meeting with Florida’s top professors and scientists at an upcoming conference in Taipei.

Massive job shifts, some resignations, mark state’s prison consolidation

Florida’s prison system is winding up an $89 million cost-savings initiative, with the closings of 11 lockups across the state, and beginning a new effort to cut future costs by preparing inmates — from the day they arrive — for their return to society.

Bob Graham, Florida Conservation Coalition ask Governor Rick Scott for leadership on springs issue

Members of the Florida Conservation Coalition are asking Governor Rick Scott to establish to establish a committee to oversee the protection of Silver Springs and Rainbow Springs in Marion County.

Tolls to rise on Florida’s Turnpike and expressway authority roads

Tolls will rise as much as 25 cents per booth or ramp on toll roads in Metro Orlando and across the state starting Sunday.

Texas Insurance Commissioner:  Problems with Wind Insurer not New

Texas’ top insurance regulator says the precarious financial position of the state’s insurer of last resort for properties in coastal areas is nothing new.


Analysis:  Hospitals find a few defenders on Wall Street

In economically distressed northeastern Pennsylvania, Community Health Systems Inc. is investing heavily in more than half a dozen hospitals it has bought in the last three years.




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