Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, December 20

Dec 20, 2011


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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

1:00 p.m.–Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board meeting.  Agenda includes review of the 2011 Florida Health Insurance Market Report.  To view the meeting notice, click here.

5:00 p.m.–National Association of Insurance Commissioners Plenary meeting.  To register for the teleconference, click here.



    Daily Insurance-Related News


    Governor Rick Scott pushing lawmakers on insurance issues

    Governor Rick Scott wants lawmakers to fix a pair of auto and property insurance issues that are costing Floridians hundreds of millions of dollars but have eluded resolution for more than a decade.


    Blog:  Consumer advocate — Insurer-backed reforms should require lower premiums

    Insurance Consumer Advocate Robin Wescott backed insurers’ calls for changing personal injury protection insurance laws to fight fraud and abuse in a report she released last week.


    Florida motor vehicle agency warns against what it calls deceptive websites

    The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is warning customers about websites not affiliated with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles that are luring people into paying additional fees to apply for or renew driver licenses.


    Dates set for health care law’s U.S. Supreme Court review

    The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will hear arguments in the case brought by Florida and 25 other states on March 26-28.


    Florida ‘flat-out’ won’t establish health insurance exchange

    Kaiser Health News and The Washington Post report that the “pressure is growing on the federal government” to create health insurance exchanges for states falling behind in implementing the federal mandate, as well as states that are “flat-out” refusing to create exchanges – such as Florida.


    Former Department of Health chief of staff returning to Florida after heading Kansas welfare agency

    Rob Siedlecki left Florida one year ago to head the welfare agency in Kansas.


    Florida Supreme Court cancels foreclosure mediation program

    The mediation program, prompted by a 2009 report on the foreclosure crisis, began in 2010, but produced few settlements despite a backlog of 350,000 foreclosure cases.


    Florida A&M University trustees reject Governor Rick Scott’s request to suspend school president

    Florida A&M University trustees needed just two minutes Monday to dismiss Governor Rick Scott’s call to suspend president James Ammons as authorities investigate a student’s hazing death and allegations of financial fraud.


    Feds:  Tampa car dealer received more than $3 million in Hezbollah-related money-laundering scheme

    A Tampa used car dealer received more than $3 million from Hezbollah-related organizations as part of a large money-laundering scheme designed to funnel cash to the terrorist group, the U.S. government claims.


    Blog:  Talk of Jeb run for president still percolates, especially after his Wall Street Journal piece today

    Don’t count out Jeb?  As the Republican presidential field continues to bubble candidates to the top, where they pop and drift down again, speculation is rising anew that Florida’s former governor Jeb Bush still might be viable and interested.


    Appeals Court in Texas Accepts State Farm Refunds Case

    State Farm Insurance has asked an appeals court to throw out an order requiring the company to refund about $350 million to Texas customers.


    Moody’s:  Bill Rolling Back Federal Insurance Office Authority Credit-Negative for Industry

    If a bill rolling back the Federal Insurance Office’s authority should pass, it would limit financial transparency and the effectiveness of regulatory supervision, according to Moody’s Investors Service.



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