Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, February 14
Feb 14, 2012
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Florida’s 2012 Regular Legislative Session
- Click here for today’s Senate block calendar
- Click here for today’s House of Representatives block calendar
(CANCELED) 10:00 a.m.–Florida Surplus Lines Service Office National Clearinghouse Committee. To view the meeting notice, click here.
- HB 4169 relating to Insurance Company Excess Profits by State Representative Daniel Davis
- HB 4181 relating to Workers’ Compensation by State Representative Matt Caldwell
Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state-run insurer of last resort, soon will begin raising rates for many high-rise condominiums in South Florida by 21 percent.
Imagine this nightmare scenario for a Florida homeowner.
Residents of a mobile home park in Bradenton have contacted ABC 7 and asked for help about a mountain of broken glass next to their homes.
Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty’s February 8 guest column, “Fix auto insurance by getting back to basics,” reveals only half of the story when it comes to personal injury reform in Florida.
There is little debate about the need to overhaul Florida’s rife-with-fraud Personal Injury Protection coverage.
Legislation weakening the state’s red-light camera laws passed unanimously through the Senate Community Affairs Committee on Monday, getting another bill that would sync up yellow-light intervals tacked on to it in the process.
A House budget panel removes sovereign immunity provisions from the bill, citing a projected $24.1 million impact but leaves other long-sought provisions intact.
Despite the hostility of Governor Rick Scott and the Republican-controlled Legislature to the federal health care reform law, Florida organizations have received $119.6 million in funds from it over the last two years.
Brody was maimed for life when a BSO deputy crashed into him when he was just a teen-ager.
The Florida Supreme Court scheduled arguments Monday for the redistricting maps approved by lawmakers – but positioned the event closer to the Legislature’s finish than what many leading lawmakers had hoped.
A closely divided state Senate on Monday kept alive a plan to privatize correctional facilities across South Florida, setting the measure up for what is expected to be a tight vote on Tuesday.
The Senate energy committee amended SB 1158 to allow the drilling arrangements only on state lands that allow oil drilling and exploration in their management plans.
Rather than reignite a bitter debate over whether to remove from state oversight a series of professions including hair braiders and interior designers, lawmakers in 2012 are treading lightly in their quest to create jobs and spur the economy.
Senator Jeremy Ring, D-Margate, tabled SB 2088 after the Senate Community Affairs Committee killed an amendment supported by law enforcement unions, which would remove provisions that would increase cities’ ability to renegotiate retirement benefits with police and firefighter unions.
Florida is the only state in the nation that allows Social Security numbers to be distributed for the purpose of locating owners of unclaimed property.
A Senate bill that includes Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam’s “modest” energy recommendations nearly became entangled Monday in a controversy over rate cases involving the state’s largest utility, Florida Power & Light Co.
A controversial provision prohibiting food stamps recipients from using government cash assistance from purchasing sugary, unhealthy foods was stripped from HB 1401 before passing out of the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee on Monday.
Days after the Florida Senate surprised the University of South Florida with a proposal to immediately spin off its Lakeland branch campus into the state’s 12th university, Senate budget writers proposed slashing University of South Florida’s state funding nearly 60 percent.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the state’s last-resort insurer has some options left in its pursuit to either stop or negotiate down a hefty multimillion-dollar judgment against it.
- Fitch Rates Assessment Revenue Bonds of Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp., Louisiana ‘A-‘; Outlook Stable
The House of Delegates unanimously passed a bill Monday morning that requires insurance companies that exclude coverage for earthquake damage to provide written notice of that and notify property owners that the insurance may be available for additional cost.
The world’s largest banks demanded a wish list of changes to a proposed U.S. ban on proprietary trading, seeking to escalate the lobbying effort against the Volcker rule five months before it takes effect.
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