Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, April 16
Apr 16, 2013
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Florida’s 2013 Regular Legislative Session
- Click here for today’s Senate block calendar
- Click here for today’s House of Representatives block calendar
9 a.m.–Senate Session
- CS/SB 1770 relating to Property Insurance
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.–Florida Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance meeting. To view the complete agenda, click here. Agenda includes:
- Confirmation of Citizens Property Insurance Executive Director Barry Gilway
- SB 1020 relating to Banking
- SB 1262 relating to Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund
- SPB 7152 relating to Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance
- SPB 7150 relating to Public Records/Insurance Policies
Opponents of a sweeping overhaul of the law governing Citizens Property Insurance Corp. were in the Capitol on Monday visiting lawmakers, trying to sway enough to reject the measure before it comes up for a final floor vote on Tuesday, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports.
The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports that consumer advocate groups railed against SB 1770 on Monday. The bill would soften the 10 percent annual rate cap for new Citizens Property Insurance Corp. customers.
Sun-Sentinel columnist Mike Mayo notes that a consumer-unfriendly bill sailing through the Legislature (SB1770) is poised to wreak havoc on wallets, and could blow away Florida’s fragile real estate recovery.
The irritating part about Florida’s property insurance crisis is that we’re paying for storms that already happened, and the Big Storm that is to come, explains Sun-Sentinel Editorial Cartoonist Chan Lowe.
Representative Mike Fasano offered a proposal mirroring a Senate plan to provide an additional million Floridians with health insurance. However, the House Select Committee on PPACA backed a plan covering fewer people and rejecting federal money available under the ACA, The Florida Current’s James Call reports.
The Florida Current’s James Call reports that lawmakers placed a moratorium on new nursing home beds while the state transitions to a statewide managed-care programs, and yet a proposal that would relax rules on building new nursing homes was advanced yesterday by a Senate Committee.
Health News Florida’s Carol Gentry reports that the Florida Hospital Association and a group that represents “safety-net” hospitals are asking their members to lobby lawmakers against an amendment they expect to be filed early this week.
Angered by a ballot proposal that they considered an “affront” to property rights, four southwest Florida residents in 2010 decided to pool $600 and buy local radio ads to fight the measure, reports Jim Saunders of THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA.
Senator Jack Latvala, Chairman of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, accused fellow senator Maria Sachs of violating Florida’s election laws and the state constitution by falsifying her voting address so she could qualify to run last November in one of the most contested and expensive legislative races of 2012, The Florida Current’s veteran journalist Bill Cotterell reports.
Peter Schorsch of SaintPetersBlog.com reports that former Pensacola City Councilman Jack Nobles announced he has acquired all of the necessary signatures to qualify as a candidate for the special election for House District 2, making him the first candidate in the race to do so.
Miami-Dade State Attorney Kathy Fernandez Rundle wants the Legislature to reinstate an old Florida law requiring voters to obtain a witness signature from someone 18 or older in order to cast an absentee ballot, Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet explains.
Associated Press reporter Gary Fineout reports via Sarasota Herald-Tribune that Florida’s Surgeon General may be among appointments by Florida Governor Rick Scott that could be jeopardy of getting passed up this year by the Florida Senate.
Expect a host — no, call it a super-host — of familiar faces in the Florida Senate to return in 2014, Jeff Henderson of SunshineStateNews.com reports. Not a single member of the upper chamber faces term limits next year, but never mind that — so far they’ve raised some serious cash while drawing virtually no opposition.
The Insurance Journal’s Holbrook Mohr reports that federal appeals court panel has upheld the conviction of Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, one of Mississippi’s most prominent attorneys before going to prison on judicial corruption charges.
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