Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, September 27

Sep 27, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

There are no Florida insurance-related events scheduled for today.

Daily Insurance-Related News


State Farm Florida approved to raise home insurance rates an average 6 percent, regulators say

State Farm Florida, the third largest insurer of homes in the state, has just been approved for an average 6 percent rate increase on its home insurance policies.


Pensacola Beach Authority weighs extending deadline on leaseholders’ storm repairs

The Santa Rosa Island Authority board’s architectural and environment committee on Wednesday conceptually OK’d extending the amount of time a Pensacola Beach residential leaseholder has to build or rebuild on their vacant lot.


Pediatricians:  Florida state officials refuse to meet to talk about implementing Obamacare  

With the clock ticking on Florida’s ability to control how it applies the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, pediatricians say they’ve been trying to meet with the agency that oversees the state’s Medicaid program — to no avail.


Florida Releases List of 198 Possible Non-Citizens Registered to Vote

With a federal hearing next week against the state’s attempt to block ineligible voters from being removed from the lists of registered voters, the state has dropped 198 names of individuals illegally registered to vote.


Florida attorney general files suit against land trusts, calling business unfair and deceptive

The assets and operations of several South Florida land trust companies, related firms and their owners were frozen by the state attorney general’s office Tuesday in a complaint claiming they made promises to struggling homeowners they can’t fulfill.


Municipal pension problems predicted

Systematic problems plague many Florida municipal pension plans, a think tank said in a report released Wednesday.


Jobs agency spends $750,000 on overhaul of websites

The Department of Economic Opportunity and its legacy agency have spent $750,000 to redesign its website, build a content management system and review its communications related to unemployment compensation over five contracts that were not competitively bid.


Beware official-looking solicitations, experts say

It’s official. Or maybe not.


SmartMoney:  University of Florida National Bargain for Cost of College to Career

Recent graduates of the University of Florida received one of the best bargains in the nation in terms of the cost of their education compared to career earnings, according to a study by SmartMoney magazine.


Solar company now sees 2-year delay for Gadsden County project

National Solar Power announced a year ago that it would begin work in early 2012 building a series of 20-megawatt solar arrays at 20 sites scattered across the county.


China regulator OKs insurance investment managers

China’s insurance regulator has approved nine fund management companies and securities brokerages to manage investments on behalf of insurance companies, the regulator said in a statement on its website Wednesday.


Texas Brine Blames Tremors for Louisiana Sinkhole

Officials say tremors recorded in Louisiana’s Assumption Parish since late May could be why a brine cavern encased within the Napoleonville salt dome failed and caused a massive sinkhole.


Alabama Prepares Crackdown on 90,000 Uninsured Motorists

A driver’s chances of being hit by an uninsured motorist in Alabama may go down after January 1.


10 Most Costly American Natural Disasters Of The Past 35 Years

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