Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, January 15

Jan 15, 2013

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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.–House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee meeting.  Presentations and discussion relating to property insurance regarding windstorm mitigation and assessments.  To view the meeting notice, click here.

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.–House Health Innovation Subcommittee meeting.  Florida Office of Insurance Regulation presentation on health insurance regulation.  To view the meetnig notice, click here.  To view the meeting packet, click here.


Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Blog:  Former Insurance Consumer Advocate Sean Shaw Files For House District 61

Consumer advocate and Tampa attorney Sean Shaw, a leading critic of Citizens Property Insurance, has filed to run for District 61 of the Florida House of Representatives.


Lawmakers score low on insurance issues

The Policyholders of Florida, an advocacy group founded by former Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate Sean Shaw, released its annual report card today, assessing the votes of state lawmakers on insurance issues in the 2012 session.


Sawgrass Mutual to Present Florida Senate With Citizens Property Insurance Alternative

Trade Winds Mutual Insurance, will present (if time permits) before the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Something for Everybody (To Hate):  U.S. Representative Wilson’s Beach House Bailout

If nothing else, Representative Frederica Wilson (D-FL) has learned how to bring people together:  By proposing to resuscitate a zombie-like bill called the Homeowners’ Defense Act, the House member has come up with something that can unite just about every political group in opposition to her.


2 Florida mothers get prison for staging car wrecks

Two South Florida mothers have been sentenced to prison for their roles in staging car accidents to commit fraud on insurers.


It’s decision time on federal health care plan

The Florida Legislature started work Monday on implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Election supervisors call for easier early voting

Nine county elections supervisors gave a state Senate committee wide-ranging advice Monday on ways to avoid another “perfect storm election” like the debacle in November that thrust the state’s voting systems back into comedians’ late-night monologues.


Florida Senator Richter:  Data to drive gaming decisions

Senate Gaming Committee Chairman Garrett Richter, R-Naples, said the Legislature will contract with a third party for a comprehensive study of gambling in the state.


New Jersey bill to simplify insurance disclosures after Hurricane Sandy

A bill that would require home insurers to provide New Jersey policyholders with a one-page summary about what their insurance covers, and what it does not, got a green light today from an Assembly committee after a pair of amendments made the measure more palatable to the insurance industry.


Oklahoma State Senator Criticizes Spending at Insurance Department

An Oklahoma state senator has announced his intention to file legislation to curb what he calls unnecessary expenditures at the state insurance department, as well as other state agencies.


Flood Walls for Subways:  New York Commission Urges Safeguards Against Future Storms

A commission formed to examine ways to guard against storms like Sandy released a report January 11 that calls for flood walls in subways, water pumps at airports and sea barriers along the coast.


Best Analyzes Panama’s Competitive Insurance Environment; Solvency II

A.M. Best has reported that despite there being “32 insurance companies fighting for market share in the tiny country of Panama; Panamanian insurers are holding their own against their global competitors.”


ACORD, DISA Announce Merger of Standards Organizations Under ACORD Banner

ACORD, the nonprofit global data standards organization, and DISA, the organization for development of cross-industry electronic business interchange standards, announce that the two organizations would consolidate under the ACORD banner.



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