Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, March 15

Mar 15, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

(CANCELED) 10:00 a.m.–The Florida Surplus Lines Service Office National Clearinghouse Committee is scheduled.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



Daily Insurance-Related News


Sea level rise undermines land ownership, professor says, as New York Times reports Florida most vulnerable

An analysis shows that about half of the nation’s 3.7 million people who are at risk of more frequent coastal flooding live in Florida, according to the Times report.

  • To access the New York Times article, click here.


Beach replenishment a tough issue in Florida 

The St. Joseph Peninsula is picture-perfect Florida: 17 miles of sugar sand beach interrupted by a few clusters of homes, each with a million-dollar view of the Gulf of Mexico.


Sarasota County’s disaster plan serves as model 

Sarasota County has not seen major damage from a hurricane in 90 years, but its coalition of emergency responders and volunteers is serving as a model for the rest of Florida and the nation.


The Florida Current 2012 Session Summary: Insurance

The insurance industry’s wish list for the 2012 session was industrywide but just two issues deep:  Limiting third-party “bad faith” lawsuits against insurance companies and changing the state’s no-fault system, known as personal injury protection, or PIP, which has been riddled by fraud for more than two decades.


The Florida Current 2012 session summary:  Health Care

With tremendous changes already in the pipeline, it may not have been surprising that Florida lawmakers this year showed restraint when it came to health care.


Blog:  Lawmakers convene for expensive 11-minute session

It might have been the most expensive quorum call in the history of the Florida Legislature.


Senate President Mike Haridopolos:  Senate to Focus on Court’s Eight Invalid Districts

Legislators shouldn’t have to completely revamp the map of new Senate districts rejected by the Supreme Court as the head of the Florida Democratic Party contends, the president of the Florida Senate said Wednesday.


    Medicaid Shift Could Face Unexpected Delay

    Florida’s overhaul of the Medicaid system likely will take longer than expected, with some beneficiaries not enrolled in HMOs or other types of managed-care plans until 2015, according to a revised state timeline.


    Feds release state health exchanges guidelines as Florida continues to stall implementation

    Yesterday, the federal government released guidelines that would allow states the flexibility to create a blueprint for their mandated health insurance exchanges.


    State officials say crackdown on prescription drug “pill mills” showing signs of success

    Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and representatives of police chiefs and sheriffs associations said Wednesday that 2011 legislation and funding that targeted prescription drug “pill mills” is showing signs of success.


    Governor’s principles dictate a list of vetoes

    The fate of scores of bills passed by the Florida Legislature in this year’s session now rests with Governor Rick Scott.


    Senate snubs hundreds of Governor Rick Scott’s appointees

    The Florida Senate snubbed hundreds of Governor Rick Scott’s appointments to state agencies and local governing boards when members adjourned the 2012 session without confirming the appointees.


    Florida Representative Greg Steube skips special session to get married

    State Representative Greg Steube, R-Bradenton, has been excused from the Florida Legislature’s special session this week because he’s getting married this weekend.


    The Florida Current 2012 Session summary:  Transportation

    This past summer Governor Rick Scott mapped out his vision for Florida’s future transportation plans, calling for more funding for seaports and new tolls to pay for new roads or the expansion of existing highways.


    2012 Session summary:  Environment and Natural Resources

    Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham and Nathaniel P. Reed of Hobe Sound were among the speakers in November during an environmental rally outside the Capitol.


    The Florida Current 2012 Session summary:  Energy and Utilities

    Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said soon after the start of the legislative session that when it came to energy issues, he planned to “under-promise and over-deliver.”


    J.D. Alexander to Resign As Atlantic Blue Chief Executive Officer

    J.D. Alexander will resign March 31 as president and chief executive officer of Atlanticblue Group, a family-owned land management company in Lake Wales, the company announced late Wednesday.


    Agent, Risk Management Groups Remain at Odds over New York Regulation 194

    Close to four years after the New York Department of Insurance proposed its disclosure rule for producer compensation, a risk-management association and an independent-agents group remain at odds over the implications of Regulation 194, issuing dueling statements over its impact.


    Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efficiency measure endorsed

    New Orleans area parishes and others hit hard by hurricanes Katrina and Rita should be able continue to use an expedited process to award public works contracts, according to a bill approved Wednesday by a Louisiana Senate committee.


    Mississippi’s Monticello and Lawrence County have achieved new fire insurance ratings

    Mississippi’s Monticello and Lawrence County have achieved new fire insurance ratings.


    North Carolina Court Weighs If Municipalities Charging Fees Forfeit Immunity

    At a time when businesses have taken on traditional government tasks, from running schools to space launches, North Carolina’s Supreme Court is being asked to decide what tasks a municipality can perform and still remain protected from lawsuits.


    Vicarious Liability Ruling May Impact Education Insureds in California

    The California Supreme Court ruled that a public school district may be vicariously liable for the negligent hiring, retention and supervision of a guidance counselor who allegedly sexually abused a student.



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