Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, September 1

Sep 1, 2011


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


10:00 a.m.–Florida Surplus Lines Service Office National Clearinghouse Committee meeting.  Agenda includes issues pertaining to the proposed national surplus lines tax clearinghouse.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



    Daily Insurance-Related News


    Blog:  28 Florida home insurance rate hikes approved this summer

    State insurance regulators approved more than two dozen home insurance rate hikes this summer ranging from 6 to 34 percent.


    Citizens Property Insurance Corporation drops customers over roofing

    Many Florida homeowners are getting a “Dear John” letter of sorts from Citizens Insurance, saying the company of last resort is leaving them.


    Food and Drug Administration Issues Health Alert in Miami

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals that repackaged intravitreal injections of Avastin have caused a cluster of serious eye infections in the Miami area.


    NCCI Holdings earns Green Plus Certification for Eco-Friendly Practices

    The North Carolina Research Triangle-based Institute for Sustainable Development awarded NCCI Holdings, Inc. in Boca Raton its Green Plus certification, the institute’s highest level of recognition for smaller organizations’ sustainability practices.


    Task force sets ambitious goal of finding $3 billion to cut from state budget

    A constitutionally-mandated panel charged with coming up with ways to cut costs and improve government operations wants to find $3 billion in cost savings.


    Florida’s budget woes might be over

    A new three-year financial outlook released on Wednesday projected that Florida will not have a budget gap for 2012.


    Outgoing GOP Chairman Bitner Passes Torch to GOP Vice Chairman Lenny Curry

    Republican Party of Florida Chairman Dave Bitner’s decision to step down for health reasons was accepted with regret by party leaders.


    Because of new state law, cities and counties are scrambling to get their gun laws off the books

    The state of Florida is going after a gang of gun outlaws by threatening them with $5,000 fines, firings and lawsuits.


    Senator Don Gaetz:  Constitutional amendment could ease redistricting process

    If groups like Florida’s League of Women Voters think they need more time to chew over proposed changes to Florida’s state House, Senate and U.S. House districts, state Senator Don Gaetz is ready to give it to them.


    Proposed bill would ban factoring credit history in hiring process

    The Great Recession may be over, but here in Florida, it’s hard to tell.


    State wants more money from Tampa workforce agency

    The state isn’t satisfied with a judge’s recommendation that the Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance repay $55,192 and wants more money.


    Tampa casino, largest in state, getting larger

    Florida’s biggest casino is getting even bigger.                                    


    Appeals court sides with former Tallahassee lobbyist and fundraiser

    Political fundraiser Alan Mendelsohn wins a court challenge against the Florida Department of Health which suspended his license without an administrative hearing.


    Critics of Texas higher education changes warn of fallout should Florida embrace Perry model

    Governor Rick Scott hasn’t been specific about his plans to overhaul the state’s higher education system, but he has made clear his intention to make some changes – and higher education reforms in Texas will be a likely template.


    The God Clause and the Reinsurance Industry

    The risk business can tell us a lot about catastrophes. Why don’t we listen?

    At 9:03 a.m. on September 11, 2001, Britt Newhouse stood in the lobby on the 52nd floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center.


    Tennessee Commerce and Insurance Department’s Consumer Affairs adopts quick response codes system

    The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Consumer Affairs Division has adopted a Quick Response Codes system that will allow a consumer to file a complaint or get information about a business with a smartphone.


    South-African Alexander Forbes Acquired By Marsh

    The insurance brokerage business of South Africa-based Alexander Forbes will be acquired by insurance broker Marsh, a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies.



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