Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, February 19
Feb 19, 2013
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10:00 a.m.–Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation (“DWC”) Proposed Rule Hearing. Proposed repeal of Rule 69L-6.026, entitled “Periodic Reports,” which requires employers that are issued stop-work orders in situations where the assessed penalty exceeds $50,000, to file quarterly compliance reports with the DWC. The DWC is now able to efficiently monitor such compliance through the use of its data systems, which renders the filing of such employer reports unnecessary. To view the hearing notice, click here.
10:30 a.m.–DWC Proposed Rule Hearing. Repeal of Rule 69L-26.003, entitled “Computation of Time,” is proposed because guidelines allowing the DWC to initiate contact with an injured employee or his or her representative were made obsolete by 2002 statutory amendments. To view the hearing notice, click here.
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.–Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Information Systems Advisory Committee meeting; 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Teleconference: 866-361-7525; conference code: 4869641229. To view the meeting notice, click here.
1:30 p.m.–Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurance Guaranty Association Large Deductible Legislation Workshop. Tallahassee, Florida. To view the Workshop notice, click here.
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.–House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee. 404 House Office Building, 402 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL. To view the meeting notice, click here. To view the meeting packet, click here. Consideration of the following bills:
- HB 95 — Charitable Contributions
- HB 223 — Insurance
- HB 343 — Wrap-Up Insurance Policies
- HB 553 — Workers’ Compensation System Administration
Florida Citizens Property Insurance Corporation will sell $250 million of hurricane coverage to investors in 2013 to recoup some of the cost of covering natural disasters in the state, the insurer said.
Representative Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, scolded Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and state insurance regulators Monday for not offering an alternative homeowners insurance policy as required by law.
When the president of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. learned that his chief financial officer had used corporate funds to finance a luxurious weekend at a $633-a-night resort in Bermuda, he initially described the expenses as “absolutely appropriate.”
A fight is brewing between large insurance companies like State Farm and smaller, Florida-based companies over HB 211, which would allow companies to recoup assessments to the Florida Insurance Guaranty Fund over a longer period of time.
Worries are supposed to melt away on the secluded paradise of North Captiva Island, but there is one worry residents shouldn’t forget – fire.
As the 2013 Legislative Session approaches, Florida House and Senate committees continue to discuss what can be done to address the cost of homeowners insurance in Florida.
A writer with the Insurance Journal is warning readers that the return of Charlie Crist to the governor’s mansion should make industry insiders — especially those seeking to downsize Citizens Property Insurance Corp. — just a little bit nervous.
SB 948 was filed Monday amid concerns about billionaire Frank Stronach acquiring 12,000 acres in Taylor County for a beef cattle ranch.
Governor Rick Scott and state lawmakers said Monday they will work to alter or overturn a new law that requires Canadian and other foreign travelers to obtain international permits to drive in Florida.
Florida has a growing problem with hit-and-run crashes.
Florida investigators contacted more than 770 employers and issued 70 citations to construction companies and other businesses that put their employees at risk by failing to carry the required workers’ compensation insurance, the result of a two-day statewide sweep of 375 construction jobsites, according to Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.
The committee reviewing how Florida should respond to the federal health-care law agreed Monday not to pursue setting up a state run exchange.
The Agency for Health Care Administration announced Friday afternoon it has reached agreements with two companies that filed protests for not being selected to participate in a long-term managed care program.
A Florida resident conspired with his wife, a licensed life and variable annuity agent, to sell life insurance policies to two unsuspecting school employees.
The Republican legislative leadership asked the Florida Supreme Court to quash a circuit court challenge to the state Senate’s revised district boundaries Monday, arguing that the justices themselves have already approved the political map used in this past November’s elections.
Tax identity fraud is sweeping the Sunshine State, a Reuters’ story in Sunday’s Chicago Tribune attests.
The Republican legislative leadership’s plan to “soft freeze” the Florida Retirement System — making new public employees join a market-based investment pool similar to the 401(k) plans popular in the private sector — will leave public agencies with dwindling numbers of employees contributing money to pay pensions for growing ranks of retirees, an actuarial study released Friday says.
Toward the conclusion of Monday’s Senate Gaming Committee meeting, Sen. John Thrasher, R-Jacksonville, guaranteed that the one gambling bill to be introduced in the Legislature during the upcoming session will be legislation to stop Internet cafes in their tracks.
- Senator Richter: Gaming committee likely won’t meet again during session
- Column: Peel Back Tallahassee’s Covers: It’s Still a Gambling Year
More than $1.1 million in state defense funding is headed to Northwest Florida to help bolster military bases, stimulate defense research and provide support for wounded service members.
The preliminary numbers from Visit Florida put the number of 2012 visitors to Florida at 89.3 million, surpassing the record-setting 87.3 million tourists recorded in 2011.
For the past five years there’s been buzz prior to the legislative session about bills that would establish broad energy policy, but not so far this year.
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Wednesday singled out eight insurers licensed to do business in the state that continue to have investments tied to Iran’s energy, military and nuclear sectors.
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