Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, March 13

Mar 13, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

Sinkhole bill clears Senate panel but still faces hurdles

Legislation to require state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corporation policyholders to choose from company-approved contractors to fix sinkhole damage to their homes passed through the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government on Wednesday, but not before drawing concern from several lawmakers, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


Citizens agrees to settle 300 disputed sinkhole claims

About 300 homeowners have agreed to settle their disputed sinkhole claims with Citizens Property Insurance, the company announced Wednesday, leaving an estimated 1,800 more lawsuits still unresolved, the Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports.


Florida homeowners have until March 31 to reclaim mineral rights

The deadline for homeowners to reclaim the mineral rights under their homes has been extended to March 31. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi moved the deadline Wednesday saying that only about 25 percent of the 18,000 affected homeowners had responded, the Tampa Bay Times reports.


Florida child seat law is weakest in nation

Parents can’t drive away from a hospital without a car seat for their newborns, but once that child turns 4, Florida law requires no more than a seat belt, Sonja Isger reports for the Palm Beach Post.


BankUnited Names Insurance Executive as Florida President

BankUnited announced today the hiring of former Marsh & McLennan executive Thomas M. Cornish as state president of Florida.


Florida Budget surplus expected to grow

State economists  drew up a new estimate about how much money the state is expected to collect in taxes through 2017, The Florida Current reports.


Former Florida Governor Reubin Askew dies at 85

Former Governor Reubin Askew, a pivotal figure in Florida politics,, died today, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


Florida lawmakers have few plans to address unemployment Web site crisis

In the second week of the 60-day legislative session, lawmakers are backing away from using their oversight powers to intervene with the Department of Economic Opportunity and the CONNECT project, Tampa Bay Times’ Michael Van Sickler reports.


A slew of bills focus on Florida’s 1,635 special districts

There are more than 1,635 such special districts in Florida and a slew of bills have been filed dealing with them in this legislative session, The Florida Current’s Bruce Ritchie reports.


“4th Floor Files” talks to Trevor Mask of Colodny Fass& Webb

Today’s edition of “4th Floor Files” features Trevor Mask of Colodny Fass& Webb.  His clients include the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America,’s Peter Schorsch reports.


FSU Ranked As Florida’s #1 Law School By US News And World Report

U.S. News & World Report (2014) has ranked Florida State University College of Law as Florida’s #1 law school, and 45th best nationally, WCTV reports.


Citing Urgent Need, U.S. Calls on Hospitals to Hone Disaster Plans

Federal officials are proposing sweeping new requirements for American health care facilities – from large hospitals to small group homes for the mentally disabled – intended to ensure their readiness to care for patients during disasters, Sheri Fink reports for the New York Times.



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