Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, February 21
Feb 21, 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 meeting. To view the meeting notice, click here.
3:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.–Senate Committee on Budget
- CS/SB 938 relating to Insurance Agents and Adjusters by the Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance; Senator Garrett Richter
- SB 1152 relating to Repeal of A Workers’ Compensation Independent Actuarial Peer Review Requirement by Senator Richter
State lawmakers have gambled with their constituents’ money for years when it comes to dealing with Florida’s property insurance issues.
For six years, Mother Nature has granted Florida uncommon tranquility along its 1,200-mile coastline, where the state’s peninsular mass dangles precariously in some of the world’s most hurricane-prone waters.
Chunks of asphalt left behind by hurricane Ivan in 2004 and Hurricane Dennis in 2005 are being removed from the Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Year in and year out, top Florida policymakers argue that they need to reform the state’s required no-fault auto insurance, a system they say is riddled with fraud.
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater has announced the arrest of a North Port man as a result of a fraudulent workers compensation claim.
Repeat bad information often enough and it sticks.
Broward County Medical Association has written letters to legislative leaders saying it opposes the medical malpractice bill that now includes provisions to allow optometrists to prescribe certain controlled substances.
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday agreed to delay the implementing federal pollution limits in Florida, a day after Governor Rick Scott signed legislation backing proposed state water quality rules.
- Judge backs federal agency’s decision to set pollution limits but throws out some of those standards
Groups calling for the state Supreme Court to reject the Florida Legislature’s redistricting plan are arguing that new constitutional provisions should raise the stakes of the first legal hurdle the new maps will have to clear before they take effect.
The House set out to clarify the governor’s authority today and lay out how much power the executive office really has in restricting the rules that state agencies must invent in order to carry out new laws.
Legislation to speed up Florida’s foreclosure process passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, but the bill is likely to undergo a series of tweaks before it hits the floor in either chamber.
A legislative plan to give charter schools a cut of local school districts’ construction money would steer millions of additional dollars to large charter-school networks that are already sitting on tens of millions of dollars in cash, records show.
University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft and Senate budget chief J.D. Alexander held a closed-door huddle Monday over the Senate’s deep cut in financing for the Tampa-based school, which supporters said was retribution for the administration’s alleged resisting of Alexander’s push to make University of South Florida Polytechnic an independent university.
Looks like all three Miami Republican Diaz de la Portilla brothers — Alex, Miguel and Renier — hope to be on the ballot this fall seeking seats in the Florida Legislature at the same time.