Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dec 2, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


Florida Citizens Property Insurance Information Systems Advisory Committee meeting; 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Teleconference:  (866) 361-7525; participant code:  4869641229#.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



    Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


    Governor Re-Appoints St. Pete’s James Holton to Citizens Property Insurance Board

    Florida Governor Rick Scott re-appointed James “Jim” Holton to the Board of Governors of state-run Citizens Property Insurance,’s Phil Ammann reports.


    Quiet Hurricane Season Bolsters Florida Insurance Market

    A near-decade respite from hurricanes in Florida has allowed the state and property insurers to rebuild from the physically and financially taxing 2004 and 2005 storm seasons.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner explains via the Panama City News-Herald.


    Florida Supreme Court Weighs Workers’ Comp Attorney Fee Schedule

    The Florida Supreme Court is considering whether to declare the state’s workers’ compensation attorney fee schedule unconstitutional.  Insurance Journal’s Michael Adams reports.


    Florida House Committee Chairs Named

    Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli unveiled his list of which members will chair which committees.  These leadership positions will shape the course of Florida government for the next two years,’s Peter Schorsch explains.


    Jamie Grant, Miriam Steinberg file to run in House District 64 special election

    State Representative Jamie Grant, most recently of Tampa’s House District 64, will be seeking another term in his seat.  By filing paperwork the day before Thanksgiving, the 32-year-old Republican was the first candidate in the race, according to the state Division of Elections.  Phil Ammann reports for


    FP&L wants customers to pay for fracking investment

    Florida Power & Light wants to get into the natural gas fracking business and it wants its customers to pay for it.  The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports via the Bradenton Herald.


    Report: Lousy backup system to blame for lost emails at Florida prisons agency

    A “deficient” backup system was in place when nearly two years of Florida Department of Correction’s public emails were destroyed, according to an inspector general’s report published in August 2013.  Matt Dixon reports for the Tampa Tribune.


    Will Christmas mean controversy at Florida’s Capitol this year?

    State of Florida officials later this week will decide on which holiday displays will be allowed in the Capitol rotunda, a spokesman for the Department of Management Services said Monday.  Tampa Tribune’s James Rosica reports via Scripps’ “Political Fix Florida” blog.


    U.S. House GOP members urge re-authorizing terrorism insurance

    Forty-five House Republicans are urging House leadership to pass a long-term terrorism insurance re-authorization, Kevin Cirille reports via


    RICO Class Action Alleges Sandy Scheme to Manipulate FEMA Program

    Two victims of Hurricane Sandy recently filed a class action lawsuit against an insurance company and several associates, claiming they schemed to manipulate a Federal Emergency Management Agency program for profit, the Washington Examiner reports.


    Removing Barriers to More Private Flood Insurance

    A U.S. House Financial Services subcommittee recently held hearing to focus attention on legislation sponsored by two Florida representatives who want to encourage more flood insurance sales by private insurers as an alternative to policies sold by the National Flood Insurance Program.   Andrew G. Simpson reports for Insurance Journal.


    New York’s Governor Cuomo Wants State to Have Best Weather Monitoring System

    Governor Andrew Cuomo wants New York to create the nation’s best weather monitoring system, one more robust than even the National Weather Service and more capable of predicting events like the snowstorm that buried parts of the Buffalo area under 7 feet of snow.  Associated Press’ David Klepper reports via Insurance Journal.


    Four Kansas Insurance Department Directors to Retire

    Four directors will retire from the Kansas Insurance Department on December 5, Insurance Journal reports.


    PCI Names Segura Regional Manager for Midwest States

    The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America has named Hilary Segura to its state government relations team, Insurance Journal reports.



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