Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, August 21

Aug 21, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

12:00 p.m.–Florida Self-Insurers Guaranty Association (“FSIGA”) Audit Committee meeting; Orlando, Florida.  To view the meeting notice, click here.

3:00 p.m.–FSIGA Board of Directors meeting; Orlando, Florida.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



Daily Insurance-Related News

Letter to the Editor:  Citizens Property Insurance rigging rates with reinspections

Thank you for Charles Elmore’s coverage of Citizens Property Insurance Corp., and the rising premiums from re-inspections.


Blog:  A few tips from Florida’s insurance commissioner  

Sure, Lousiana has reformed its property Insurance system.


Hurricane Andrew 20th Anniversary 

“We have the core of the hurricane coming in here. It’s well-formed, and it’s going to cause significant damage.”


Sinkhole drives woman out of Lake Mary home 

Debbie Coffman knew something was wrong with her Lake Mary house for a while.


USI Insurance Services Acquires Florida’s Suncoast Associates

USI Insurance Services has acquired Suncoast Insurance Associates Inc., a Tampa, Florida-based insurance brokerage specializing in professional liability programs in Florida.


BOLT Insurance Agency Buys 2 Agencies, Opens Florida Office

The Business Owners Liability Team insurance agency is opening a regional office in Sarasota after acquiring two Florida agencies.


Brightway Insurance Makes Top 100 Independent Property & Casualty Agency List

Insurance Journal has once again recognized Brightway Insurance, naming the company to its 2012 list of the country’s “Top 100 Property Casualty Independent Agencies.”


Reports:  Pickups picked up the most by Florida vehicle thieves

Thieves in Florida apparently have little taste for shiny new cars, preferring an old, reliable pickup instead.


Letter to the Editor:  Florida Governor Rick Scott has no business standing in way of rebates from insurers

The administration of individual medical insurance in Florida is problematic.


Palm City insurance agent sentenced to four-year prison term  

After pleading no contest to charges related to alleged insurance misdealing, former Palm City insurance agent Eden Paul Agnew was sentenced Monday to a four-year prison term.


State economists lower deficit projections for state worker health insurance fund

The State Employees Group Health Self-Insurance Trust Fund will lose money this fiscal year, state economists predicted Monday, but not as much as their previous June estimate indicated.


Florida Governor Rick Scott asked to extend early voting days

Florida Governor Rick Scott is being asked to extend the number of early voting days in all counties.


John Patrick Julien claims electoral fraud in Florida House District 107 race

In what is likely to be the closest outcome of any legislative race this season, Miami Gardens Representative Barbara Watson edged out North Miami Beach Representative John Patrick Julien in the contest for House District 107 by a narrow 13 votes, according to a manual recount by Miami Dade County officials.


Regulators sidestep settlement, move forward with Florida Power & Light rate hearings

State regulators are going forward with hearings on Florida Power & Light’s proposed rate increase, despite last week’s agreement between the utility and big power users.


Blog:  Florida legislators reject $4.9 million federal grant intended for parenting program

Kimberly Dudley says she is grateful for the agency Healthy Start, which sent an educator into her home to help her get off drugs and prevent her kids from getting shipped to foster care.


Audubon opposes state plan to build shooting range in Osceola wildlife area

Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is planning to build a shooting range at a state wildlife area in Osceola County over the objections of Audubon Florida.


Florida schools get high marks for parties and sports, but little attention for academics in Princeton Review survey

In Florida, you can find colleges with plenty of parties, sports, diversity and even tree huggers, according to the new Princeton Review survey.


ISO Introduces Optional Rating Rules for Homeowners Risks

ISO has received approval of its filings introducing new ISO Risk Analyzer Homeowners by-peril rating rules in 13 states, with filings pending approval in several other states.


Blog:  Texas Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman Gets an Earful in Corpus Christi

Texas Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman is hearing an earful from the coastal community as she listens to residents’ concerns in the Corpus Christi area.


New Jersey Reminds Insurers to Provide $250,000 as Default PIP Coverage Option Jersey regulators recently reminded personal auto insurers and producers that they must offer a $250,000 coverage limit as the default option for personal injury protection benefits – unless the applicant or the policyholder affirmatively selects lower limits in writing.



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