Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, September 29

Sep 29, 2011


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


9:00 a.m.–Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (“FHCF”) Rule Development Workshop.  Proposed amendments to Rule 19-8.010, entitled “Reimbursement Contract,” relating to the 2012/2013 FHCF Contract Year.  To view the hearing notice, click here.

9:00 a.m.–Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurance Guaranty Association (“FWCIGA”) Investment Committee meeting; Orlando, Florida.  To view the meeting notice, click here.

10:00 a.m.–Florida Surplus Lines Service Office Board of Governors meeting;  To view the meeting notice, click here. 

10:00 a.m.–FWCIGA Board of Governors meeting; Orlando, Florida.  To view the meeting notice, click here.

1:00 p.m.–FHCF Advisory Council meeting.  Consideration of approval for the filing of a Notice of Proposed Rule for 19-8.010, F.A.C., “Reimbursement Contract,” and to file it for adoption if no member of the public requests a Rule hearing.  Teleconference:  888-808-6959; conference code:  4765251363. 



Daily Insurance-Related News


Blog:  Will Hurricane Irene affect Florida insurance rates?

Hurricane Irene, by itself, won’t impact property insurance rates in Florida.


Editorial:  Should we get rid of Personal Injury Protection?

Part of Governor Rick Scott’s agenda for the next legislative session involves getting rid of personal injury protection insurance, or PIP.


Property Casualty Insurers Association of America commends Florida leaders for joining fraud summit

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America commends the numerous public servants who are slated to attend the Auto Insurance Fraud Summit tonight in Tampa.


Jupiter considers power-line burial

Burying power lines along a 1-mile stretch of State Road A1A, and charging the property owners to do it, is under consideration by town officials.


Federal authorities raid Imperial Finance Headquarters in Boca Raton

Imperial Holdings said late Tuesday that the raid of its Boca Raton offices by federal authorities earlier in the day came as a “complete surprise,” and that it was not aware of any wrongdoing.


State takes its health-care challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court

Attorney General Pam Bondi files a petition to be heard by the high court and says the state has been seeking high court review “as soon as possible, from Day 1.”


State to appeal judge’s ruling on trauma centers

The Florida Department of Health said Wednesday it will appeal a judge’s decision in a hospital-industry fight about adding trauma centers.


Florida prison privatization goes before judge

The largest prison privatization plan in the country heads to a Leon County courtroom today as questions continue to surround a move to turn 29 state prisons, work camps and release centers over to a private company in an 18-county South Florida region.


Governor Scott changes arithmetic on jobs pledge

Governor Rick Scott said this week that Florida is making progress attracting new business but changed his arithmetic on how many jobs the state must create to meet his No. 1 campaign pledge.


Senate chairman says Legislature should address growth bill legal challenge

The Legislature this year passed HB 7207, which substantially reduced state oversight of growth management and prohibited local referendums on new growth.


Opinion:  State Representative Matt Gaetz — Let’s junk Florida’s inefficient ethanol mandate

Some members of the Florida Legislature gauge their success or failure by the number of laws they are able to enact.


Gas electricity in Florida costs more than neighboring states using coal, report says

Coal is cheaper than natural gas.  That’s a major reason Florida, where about 60 percent of electricity is produced using natural gas, has higher electric rates than its neighboring states, a study by the Public Utility Research Center concluded.


State retirement system remains well-funded

An actuarial consultant said the state’s retirement system is more financially sound than it would have been without changes enacted during the 2011 legislative session.


Former Governor Claude Kirk dead at 85

Florida politicians mourn the passing of the state’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction.


E-mails deleted from Governor Rick Scott’s iPad as more records requests go unfulfilled

For a second time, e-mails to and from Florida Governor Rick Scott have been deleted in possible violation of state law.


Insurers lose out as firms do it for themselves

Insurers struggling with flat prices and paltry investment returns face an added headache as companies spooked by slowing economic growth and plunging financial markets increasingly opt to self-insure, diverting revenue from the industry.


PCRM to Offer License Renewal Notifications via Facebook

Rhoads Online announces PCRM, its Web-based compliance management system for insurance carriers and agencies/brokers, is offering insurance licensing renewal alerts via Facebook and all mobile phone service providers. 




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