Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, March 20

Mar 20, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.–State Board of Administration (“SBA”)/Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (“FHCF”) Rule Development Workshop.  Tallahassee, Florida.  Discussion of premium formula requirements for the FHCF 2014-2015 Contract Year under proposed amendments to Rule 19-8.028.  To view the workshop notice, click here.

  • The FHCF Advisory Council will meet at 1:30 p.m. in Tallahassee to obtain approval for the 2014 Contract Year Premium Formula and to file Rule 19-8.028 for Notice of Proposed Rule.  Teleconference:  (888) 670-3525; conference code:  7135858151.  To view the agenda, click here.

    2:30 p.m.–Florida Insurance Guaranty Association Finance and Audit Committee meeting.  Tampa, Florida.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



      Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


      Senate committee approves parasailing regulations

      A “common sense” set of regulations on commercial parasailing, named for two young women who died in beachside accidents, cleared its committee references and was set for Senate action Wednesday, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


      U.S. Senator Nelson says he’s working on a Florida Medicaid expansion plan

      U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson told Florida legislators Wednesday he is secretly working with health officials in Washington to find a way to get around the Legislature’s refusal to accept some $51 billion in federal funding for expanding the state Medicaid program, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


      House physician assistants bill passes first committee

      The House Select Committee on Health Care Workforce Innovation unanimously approved a plan Wednesday which would increase the number of hysician assistants a physician could supervise, Arek Sarkissian reports for The Florida Current.


      Top 35 Health Insurance Companies in Florida By Premium

      Health insurance in Florida was big business in 2011, the latest figures available from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.  How big?  Health care companies brought in $35.9 billion in revenue in 2011, Abraham Aboraya reports for the Orlando Business Journal.


      Florida House advances warning shot, Pop Tart gun bills

      The Florida House is poised to pass two gun bills that would let people fire warning shots in the air but not get kicked out of school for biting pastries into the shape of firearms, the Sun-Sentinel’s Aaron Deslatte reports.


      Senate bill would relax Florida Retirement System “Double Dipping” law

      The Senate Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability will discuss a bill on Thursday that would loosen some restrictions on the Florida Retirement System “Double Dipping” law passed five years ago, Arek Sarkissian reports for The Florida Current.


      Sales tax holidays and communication tax cut progress as tax relief package takes shape

      A series of tax cut ideas progressed in the House and Senate on Wednesday as lawmakers moved closer to defining the total tax package that will make it into the final budget, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


      Hays says Florida has enough conservation land as his panel provides no new revenue for buying

      A Senate subcommittee is recommending no new revenue for land-buying in fiscal year 2014-15 along with $30 million for springs protection and $127.8 million for Everglades restoration, The Florida Current’s Bruce Ritchie reports.


      Civic activist and radio host Shawna Vercher announces run for House District 67

      Author, public speaker and activist Shawna Vercher announced Wednesday she filed as a candidate for the State House District 67 seat currently held by term-limited State Representative Ed Hooper.’s Phil Ammann reports.


      Neil Combee Draws an Old Foe as He Seeks Second House Term

      As he readies to run for a second term in the Florida House, Neil Combee faces a familiar foe but should have no problem as he looks to extend his lengthy political career, Jeff Henderson reports for Sunshine State News.


      Malaysia Plane Loss Spurs Calls to Upload Black Box Data to the Cloud

      The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has prompted calls for in-flight streaming of black box data over remote areas, but industry executives say implementing changes may be complex and costly, Reuters’ Andrea Shalal reports.



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