Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, April 10

Apr 10, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


8:30 a.m.–Florida Insurance Guaranty Association (“FIGA”) Finance and Audit Committee meeting; Tampa, Florida.  Agenda includes discussion of Investment and Audit Reports.  To view the meeting notice, click here.

9:30 a.m.–FIGA Board of Directors meeting; Tampa, Florida.  To view the meeting notice, click here.

(CANCELED) 10:00 a.m.–Florida Surplus Lines Service Office National Clearinghouse House Committee meeting.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



Daily Insurance-Related News


New Florida Citizens Property Insurance Assessment Bill Could Attract New Capital

New Florida legislation, if signed into law by Governor Rick Scott, would provide relief to the state’s private market insurers and potentially attract new private capital to the Sunshine State.


Homeowners Choice Announces Follow-on Offering

Homeowners Choice, Inc., a Florida-based insurance holding company, today announced a follow-on public offering of 1,600,000 shares of common stock.

    FEMA says Florida communities risk losing flood insurance because of legislation

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is raising concerns with Governor Rick Scott that an environmental streamlined-permitting bill that passed the Legislature could cause Florida communities to lose their federal flood insurance. 


    Florida on Verge of Burning as if it’s 2011, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam Says

    The state has already had 1,200 wildfires since the start of the year, consuming 20,000 acres.


    Group asks feds to “decisively reject” caps to Medicaid program

    A statewide advocacy group is asking the federal government to “decisively reject” the Legislature’s move to cap the number of times Medicaid patients can see a doctor, go to the emergency room or have a home health nurse come to their door.


    Appeal court vacates $79.2 million award to daughter of deceased smoker

    The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Monday that the $79.2 million awarded by a trial jury to Diane Webb, the daughter of a lifelong smoker who died in 1996, was too much.


    Two Republicans, two Democrats file brief challenging advance nuclear cost recovery law

    Two Republican senators and two Democratic representatives argued in a Florida Supreme Court filing that the state law allowing utilities to charge in advance for nuclear projects that may never be built is unconstitutional and should be thrown out.


    Florida justices hearing county term limits cases

    The Florida Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments over the constitutionality of term limits for county commissioners in charter counties.


    Hamilton County voters casting ballots on slots

    Hamilton County voters are casting ballots on whether to allow slot machines at pari-mutuel wagering facilities.


    Mississippi Highway Accident Reports Available on Internet

    Reports on accidents investigated by the Mississippi Highway Patrol can be purchased over the Internet.


    Concerns Arise over Texas Workers’ Compensation State System After Walmart Drops Out

    With Walmart, one of Texas’ largest private employers, dropping out of the state’s workers’ compensation system in March, Texas’ unique approach to workers’ comp. is receiving renewed attention from both critics and supporters, according to stories in The New York Times and the Texas Tribune.



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