Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, March 14
Mar 14, 2013
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Florida’s 2013 Regular Legislative Session
- Click here for today’s Senate block calendar
- Click here for today’s House of Representatives block calendar
8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.–Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance meeting, Room 110 Senate Office Building, Tallahassee. To view the agenda, click here. The following insurance-related bills will be considered:
- SB 810 by Senator David Simmons relating to Wrap-up Insurance Policies
- SB 1262 by Senator Alan Hays relating to Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund
- SB 706 by Senator Bill Montford relating to Uninsured Motorist Insurance Coverage
- SB 102 by Senator Nancy Detert relating to Charitable Contributions
- SB 378 by Senator Aaron Bean relating to Manufactured and Mobile Homes
- SB 398 by Senator Aaron Bean relating to Physician Assistants
- SB 918 by Senator Rene Garcia relating to Public Depositories
- SB 936 by Senator Tom Lee relating to Holocaust Victims Assistance Act
- SB 422 by Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto relating to Cancer Treatment
1:30 p.m.–Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Rule Development Workshop. The current version of Rule 69O-186.013, “Title Insurance Statistical Gathering,” implements s. 627.782, F.S. by listing the types of information that shall be submitted to the OIR by title insurance agencies and insurers for the purpose of analyzing premium and retention rates, and the condition of the title insurance industry. Proposed amendments would replace it with new language that adopts Form OIR-EO-2087. To view the Workshop notice, click here.
2:00 p.m.–Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurance Guaranty Association Board of Directors meeting. Tallahassee, Florida. To view the meeting notice, click here.
Environmental groups say preventing risky shoreline development not only protects taxpayers, it protects habitat for nesting sea turtles and other coastal species.
The recent spat of sinkhole activity in Southwest Florida — including a fatal sinkhole in Tampa earlier this month — has shed light on the state’s geologic anomaly.
- Florida Association of Sinkhole Stabilization Specialists Believes that Public Safety is Foundational to Sinkhole Insurance Legislation
- Homeowners insurance in Florida becomes more complicated due to spate of sinkholes
Lawmakers in the Florida Senate have taken steps to return the state-backed insurer Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to its original purpose of being a market of last resort by requiring it to charge actuarially sound rates and restrict the number and type of properties that it insures.
Without discussion or debate the House unanimously passed HB 7059 on Wednesday to eliminate the requirement that foreign visitors have an International Driver’s Permit before driving on Florida roads.
Governor Rick Scott met with reporters Wednesday afternoon, as expected, formalizing the announcement of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll’s resignation.
- Blog: Ellyn Bogdanoff may be ready to live again as Lieutenant Governor
- Who Makes the Most Sense to Replace Jennifer Carroll?
The blockbuster news of a federal investigation into Internet sweepstakes café nonprofit Allied Veterans of the World and the arrests of its executives, which sparked the resignation of Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll, could lead to a complete ban of the storefronts that offer video-like slot games.
- THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA: Arrests, Lieutenant Governor Carroll Resignation Put Long Odds on Future of Internet Cafes
- Blog: Shutdown Of Internet Cafes Will Be “Expedited,” Speaker Weatherford Says
As the Florida Supreme Court prepares to hear at least one challenge to local government implementation of red-light cameras, the Orlando Sentinel reports that Orange County is preparing to contract with a camera company embroiled in bribery scandals in at least three different jurisdictions.
Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced a $7 million multistate settlement with Google over its collection of data from unsecured wireless networks nationwide while taking photographs for its Street View service between 2008 and March 2010.
Representative Matt Hudson, a Naples Republican who in recent years spearheaded a reorganization of the Florida Department of Health, now wants to focus attention on the state Department of Elder Affairs.
A major education theme this legislative session is, in the words of Senate President Don Gaetz, “lash education to the realities of the economy.”
Catastrophe-risk modeler Risk Management Solutions is preparing the insurance industry for an update to the North Atlantic hurricane model that jolted the perception of possible losses when it was released in 2011.
Bipartisan legislation to introduce National Association of Registered Agents & Brokers Act of 2013, which would streamline the insurance agent licensing process legislation has been introduced in both the House and the Senate with a Senate Hearing scheduled for next week, a watershed legislative event for the insurance agent industry.
When it comes to dealing with this divot, score one for Missouri golfer Mark Mihal.
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