Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, September 19

Sep 19, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

    9:00 a.m.–Florida Board of Employee Leasing Companies Board meeting.  Sarasota, Florida.  To view the meeting notice, click here.

      10:00 a.m.–U.S. House Committee on Financial Services Hearing:  “The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002.”  To view the hearing notice, click here.

      Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Committee meetings.  Jacksonville, Florida. 

        • 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.–Market Accountability Advisory Committee.   Dial-in:  (866) 361-7525, conference ID:  7849939192#.

        • 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.–Audit Committee.   Dial-in:  (866) 361-7525; conference ID:  3877541849#.
        • 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.–Finance and Investment Committee.   Dial-in:  (866) 361-7525; conference ID:  2478401990#.



          Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

          State Representative Mike Hill’s first bill would cut license and vehicle fees

          State Representative Mike Hill, R-Pensacola, filed his first bill Wednesday since winning a special election this summer.  The bill, HB 61, would cut driver’s license and vehicle fees raised by lawmakers in 2009, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


          HCI Group Named to Fortune’s List of 100 Fastest-Growing Companies

          HCI Group, Inc. has been named to Fortune’s 2013 list of the 100 fastest-growing public companies based on average revenue growth, profit growth and relative stock performance over the past three years, the company’s news release explains.


          Senator Sobel blasts Florida House on health care before U.S. House

          State Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, went to Washington on Wednesday to talk about “political warfare” being waged on the people of Florida, The Florida Current’s James Call reports.


          Florida will offer health care to part-timers

          Despite postponent of a federal mandate, the state will start offering health care insurance to thousands of part-time and noncareer employees next month, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


          Scott seeks Supreme Court review of worker drug test

          Gov. Rick Scott plans to seek U.S. Supreme Court review of his executive order requiring random drug tests for thousands of state employees, reports The Associated Press.


          Blog:  Live coverage from the Florida Supreme Court of oral arguments in a challenge of FPL’s rate increases

          The Florida Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments at 9 a.m. Thursday in an appeal of Florida Power Light Co.’s rate increases, the first of which took effect in January.  The hearing can be viewed online on The Florida Channel at Click on “TV &Web1.”


          Pasco County House Race Taking an Ugly Turn

          Things are about to get ugly in Pasco County as Republican Bill Gunter and Democrat Amanda Murphy are battling in a special election on Oct. 15 for an open Florida House seat, Jeff Henderson reports for


          Ethics Commission drops another complaint against Senator Sachs

          A complaint against Sen. Maria Sachs for failing to include a $278,000 home she owns in The Villages on financial disclosure forms filed over a six-year period has been dismissed, the Florida Commission on Ethics said Wednesday, reports.


          Recovery hasn’t helped Florida poverty rate, Census finds

          Florida’s economic rebound has yet to reverse a stubbornly high poverty rate or grow household incomes pinched by the Great Recession, according to the latest Census Bureau data, Zac Anderson reports for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

          Navy Yard gunman’s employer has long history in South Florida

          The Experts, a technology consulting company with a quiet but fruitful 15-year history in South Florida, found itself in the headlines for hiring Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis, the Miami Herald’s Nancy Dahlberg reports.


          Fugate tells Congress:  It’s up to you to stop rate increases for flood insurance

          Congress must rewrite the federal flood control act  if it wants to spare homeowners from skyrocketing rate increases, the nation’s top disaster official told a Senate committee Wednesday, saying he doesn’t have the authority to stop it, the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog reports.


          Without Attorney General, Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Moves Ahead to Sue U.S. Over Flood Rate Hikes

          The Mississippi insurance commissioner is going it alone in filing a lawsuit aimed at delaying the onset of flood insurance rate hikes after the state attorney general declined to represent him, Arthur Postal reports for National Underwriter’s


          State Insurance Regulators Invoke Jefferson to Limit Federal Role

          State insurance regulators are drawing on the country’s founding principles as they resist international pressure to give the federal government a greater role in overseeing the industry, Bloomberg’s Zachary Tracer reports via Insurance Journal.


          U.S. court says “liking” something on Facebook is free speech

          A U.S. court of appeals gave Facebook a thumbs up on Wednesday when it ruled that “likes” on the social network are protected as free speech under the Constitution, CNN’s Heather Kelly reports.



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