Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, May 8

May 8, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


There are no insurance-related events scheduled today.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

Florida Department of Transportation:  Okaloosa bridge must be replaced

A nearly 50-year-old bridge in Okaloosa County has to be replaced, the Florida Department of Transportation says, or it will eventually get to the point where it is no longer safe for travel.  Nathan Sparks reports for the Northwest Florida Daily News.


Infighting, maneuvering doomed health bills in Tallahassee

Even health care issues that might have seemed assured of success went nowhere in the Florida Legislature this year, explains Tampa Bay Times’ Tia Mitchell.


Leslie Dougher Emerges as Clear Favorite for Republican Party of Florida Chair

With the official vote more than three weeks away and less than six months before crucial statewide elections, the head of the Clay County GOP appears a shoe-in to replace outgoing Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Brandon Larrabee reports via


Governor Scott makes his case to appeals court for drug-testing of welfare applicants

The State of Florida is seeking to overturn a lower-court ruling that barred drug testing as a condition for welfare applicants receiving benefits in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via the Florida Times-Union.


Northrop Grumman revealed as mystery project was already set to receive millions from State of Florida

Nearly one-third of the total funds appropriated for economic development projects this fiscal year could wind up going to one company, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


Charlie Crist exploring visit to Cuba this summer

In a move that would have been unthinkable for any statewide Florida candidate just a few years ago, Charlie Crist is planning to visit Cuba this summer, Tampa Bay Times’ Adam Smith and Marc Caputo report.


Breathe deep:  Report says Lee, Collier counties have some of the best air in the country

Air in Lee and Collier counties is among the cleanest in the country, according to the American Lung Association’s 2014 State of the Air report, Maryann Batlle reports for the Naples Daily News.


Financial Stability Oversight Council Annual Report:  Wholesale Funding, Tri- Party Repo, Money Funds

The Financial Stability Oversight Council, or FSOC, released its 2014 Annual Report yesterday, which includes sections on wholesale funding, tri- party repo, and of course money market mutual funds, Crane Data reports.


Mortgage servicers draw Financial Stability Oversight Council scrutiny

Fourth FSOC report says financial system recovery continues; risk remains,’s Robert Schroeder reports.


Financial Stability Oversight Council adopts new transparency measures

In a unanimous vote, the Financial Stability Oversight Council agreed to give the public seven days’ notice about upcoming meetings and agenda items, Reuters reports.


McPherson Named D.C.’s Acting Insurance Commissioner

Chester A. McPherson, who has been serving as interim commissioner for the Washington, D.C., Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB), has been appointed as acting commissioner, Insurance Journal reports.




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