Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, April 29

Apr 29, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


8:30 a.m.–Florida Automobile Joint Underwriting Association Board of Governors meeting.  Tampa, Florida.  To view the meeting notice, click here.

10:00 a.m.–Florida Workers’ Compensation Joint Underwriting Association Market Assistance Plan Committee meeting.  To view the agenda, click here.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Flood insurance bill bounces out of Florida House and back to Senate

The House passed SB 542 Monday by a 98-11 vote, sending the legislation aimed at enticing more private companies to cover flood insurance in Florida back to the Senate, reports Gray Rohrer for The Florida Current.


Florida in reinsurance storm as travel to Bermuda is questioned

The Palm Beach Post is reporting that state-run insurer Citizens’ board chairman has been twice to Bermuda and once to London as approval was given for the purchase of private reinsurance costing up to $300 million in 2014.


Florida’s Citizens Readies $1.5 Billion Catastrophe Bond Deal

Florida’s largest property insurer is preparing to transfer $3.1 billion in risk through a combination of reinsurance catastrophe bonds, including a $1.5 billion deal that is the largest of its kind on record, reports Michael Adams for Insurance Journal.


Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Approves Removal of up to 10,000 Policies for the July Citizens Insurance Take-Out

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation today approved the removal of up to 10,000 multi-peril personal residential policies from Citizens Property Insurance Corporation to Southern Oak Insurance Company.


Pension Funds and Catastrophe Bonds:  What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Validus’ Ed Noonan discussed the market for catastrophe bonds covering hurricane risk in Florida during a conference call last week, BusinessWeek reports.


Insurers Cooperated in Writing of Florida Rule on Gun Ownership

Donovan Brown, government counsel for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, recently discussed Florida’s gun ownership insurance discrimination legislation with Insurance Journal.


Tampa Bay Times Editorial:  Back consumers, not insurers

A Senate bill that would allow unregulated insurance carriers to be included in the alternative choices for homeowners covered by the state-run Citizens Property Insurance is expected to die quietly without a House vote.


Owner of Florida Floating Home Still Fighting City Over Compensation

A Florida man won a precedent-setting victory last year when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with him that his floating home was a house, not a vessel covered by maritime law.  But so far the ruling hasn’t helped him secure compensation for the home, which a city seized and destroyed using the laws that govern ships at sea, Associated Press’ Curt Anderson reports via Insurance Journal.


Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Unveils an Expanded CHOICES Insurance Rate Comparison System for Consumers

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation today unveiled an expanded CHOICES system to give consumers one centralized location to search all four of the Office’s insurance rate comparison systems.


Florida House moves to slow drivers license suspensions

Last year, nearly 1.3 million Floridians had their drivers licenses suspended or revoked – and for about 167,000, the action had nothing to do with their driving, reports Michael Van Sickler for The Tampa Bay Times.


Two Tampa Bay lawmakers push to help Uber car service

Two Tampa Bay lawmakers are making a last-minute push to help the app-based luxury car service Uber.  Uber operates in Jacksonville, but has been blocked by local governments in other cities, including Tampa.  Kathleen McGrory reports for the Tampa Bay Times.

Following years of debate, Senate approves car seat bill; awaits Governor’s signature

Starting in January, children under age five must ride in a child safety seat in Florida when traveling in an automobile under legislation unanimously by the Senate Tuesday and sent to the Governor, the Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports.


Lawmakers wrap up $75 Billion state budget

Florida lawmakers buttoned up a $75 billion budget Monday that boosts spending on classrooms, charter-school construction and has $10 million for projects expanding the University of Central Florida, report Aaron Deslatte and Jason Garcia for the Orlando Sentinel.


Governor tests waters on special session, finds no support

If Gov. Rick Scott was taking the temperature of the Florida Legislature last week about its interest in a special session to ratify a gambling compact, he has gotten the cold shoulder.  Mary Ellen Klas reports for the Tampa Bay Times.


Five things to watch on Tuesday in the Florida Legislature

With four days left in the session countdown, Tuesday is deadline day for the budget to be sewed up. It’s also the day that proponents of a bill to allow in-state tuition for children of undocumented immigrants may get their long-awaiting Senate vote.


Florida House votes to allow arming teachers

The Florida House on Monday approved a bill that would let teachers pack heat at school.  The 71-44 vote was largely symbolic. The proposal is a long shot in the more moderate Senate, where it has stalled in committee.  Kathleen McGrory reports for the Tampa Bay Times.


Florida Senate passes bill to legalize strain of marijuana to treat seizures

As children who suffer from intractable epilepsy watched from the gallery, the Florida Senate voted 36-3 to allow a limited strain of medical cannabis to be legalized in the state, the Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports.


Senate approves ban on foreign law in Florida courts

Florida would become the eighth state to outlaw the use of foreign law in the state’s courts under a bill passed by the Senate Monday, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


House grandfathers in Leon County gas station wheelchair-access ordinance

A provision in an omnibus transportation bill, HB 7005, was amended Monday in the House to allow a Leon County ordinance providing wheelchair access to gas stations to stand, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


Senate pays tribute to Gaetz

The Senate paused for a long round of tributes to its presiding officer, unveiling the official portrait of Sen. Don Gaetz Monday and comparing him to great leaders of world history, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


Bill Clinton and Other National Democrats Wade Into Florida’s Governor Race

Prominent national Democrats are starting to wade into the Florida waters as the gubernatorial race starts to take center stage, report Kevin Derby and Allison Nielson for Sunshine State News.


All Eyes on TRIA after Bill’s Sponsor Indicted

The property and casualty insurance industry’s eyes will be focused on the Senate Banking Committee and legislation reauthorizing the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) as Congress returns to work this week.  Arthur D. Postal reports for


Delaware Opposes NAIC Effort to Impose New Regulations on Captives

Delaware Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart explains her opposition to the NAIC’s proposal to impose accreditation standards on captive insurers.

  • To view the NAIC proposal, click here.


Insurance Agents Not Giving Up on NARAB Producer Licensing Reform

The insurance industry has not given up on getting Congress to pass legislation to create a national producer registry and make it easier for agents and brokers become licensed in multiple states, reports Andrew G. Simpson for Insurance Journal.


Marsh:  Risk Management Now a C-Suite Priority

Risk managers, get ready for your close-up.  Corporate executives are increasingly focusing attention on their organizations’ risk management functions, reaching out to risk managers for guidance on everything from strategic direction to day-to-day business decisions, as risk has become a crucial part of corporate planning in recent years.  Tim Sprinkle reports for


State Farm Suspends Relationship with L.A. Clippers

State Farm Insurance, in reaction to comments allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, will step away from its sponsorship of the team while details of Sterling’s inflammatory remarks are further investigated, according to the Chicago Tribune.


Feds:  Avoid Internet Explorer Until Security Breach Fixed

Microsoft is rushing to fix a security flaw in its Internet Explorer browser that is already being used in “limited, targeted attacks,” as antivirus firms and the U.S. government advise switching to alternate products, Bloomberg’s Dina Bass reports.




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