Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, July 17

Jul 17, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


There are no insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Insurance-Related News


Public workshop in Miami turns into public outcry against Citizens Property Insurance 

The board of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. received a tongue-lashing from lawmakers and homeowners during a Monday workshop in Miami after unveiling a plan to raise rates by an average of 7.5 percent next year.


Cap Breaking Could Cloud the Credibility of Citizens Property Insurance

A storm is brewing over the credibility of Citizens Property Insurance’s board of directors. Some directors are expected to seek a rate hike that exceeds the 10 percent cap set by the Legislature.


Election officials hope to access federal database by week’s end, but issue could be moot

State-level elections officials hope to have access by the end of the week to a federal database to check the names of suspected noncitizens on its voter rolls.


THE NEWS SERVICES OF FLORIDA:  Judge Rules in Favor of Online Travel Companies

A Tallahassee judge has sided with online travel companies like Expedia and Orbitz in a dispute over local tax obligations — a blow to counties that have argued the companies weren’t paying enough.


Florida traffic court self-incrimination unresolved

Two Florida panels will take another look at whether traffic court defendants should be warned against making self-incriminating statements.


German bank under fire in Florida and at home

In hundreds of cases, the money trail from foreclosed and abandoned homes in South Florida leads across the Atlantic to Germany and this country’s largest investment bank.


Office of Public Counsel expert says Florida Power and Light’s nuclear project on runaway course of its own

The 2006 nuclear cost recovery law is the subject of an environmental group’s Florida Supreme Court challenge and increasing scrutiny.


Primary Profile: Big Bend House race is crowded, spread out

Florida’s Big Bend has the biggest House race in the state, in more ways than one.


State Senators in North Florida Appear Headed for Easy Re-election Bids

Four incumbents in the Florida Senate representing the northern part of the state — including the next Senate president — are cruising to being re-elected in November, all with impressive war chests and little in the way of opposition.


House District 11:  Janet Adkins Gets Jeb Bush’s Support as GOP Primary Looms

While she faces a Republican primary foe in August, Representative Janet Adkins, R-Fernandina Beach, remains the favorite in her bid for a third term in the Florida House of Representatives.


Senate District 17:  John Legg Has Solid Financial Advantage in GOP Primary

With a month to go until the primary, House Speaker Pro Tempore John Legg, R-New Port Richey, has a healthy financial advantage over two Republican primary opponents in the Senate District 17 battle to replace Senator Jim Norman, R-Tampa, in representing parts of Pasco and Hillsborough counties.


Senate District 24:  Tom Lee Has Fundraising Edge on Rachel Burgin

With a month to go until the primary, in SD 24 — one of the most closely watched legislative primaries in Florida — former Florida Senate President Tom Lee has the financial edge over Representative Rachel Burgin, R-Tampa.


Senate District 34:  Money Flowing into South Florida as Ellyn Bogdanoff, Maria Sachs Look to Stay Seated

The money is flowing into SD 34, a South Florida state Senate race in which two of the chamber’s heavyweights, incumbents Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, and Maria Sachs, D-Delray, are engaged in what likely will be a tooth-and-nail November struggle to return to Tallahassee.


Senate District 35:  Gwen Margolis Faces A Well-Funded GOP Opponent in John Couriel

As she looks to extend her lengthy political career, state Senator Gwen Margolis, D-Miami, is feeling the heat as her Republican opponent posted an impressive fundraising haul in his first month on the campaign trail in Miami-Dade County.


THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:  Funds to Retain Florida Supreme Court Justices Near an Unprecedented $1 Million

Three state Supreme Court justices whom critics have deemed judicial activists have amassed nearly $1 million to assure their retention in November.


Invasion of privacy? Florida law permits cell phone searches by law enforcement

Pulled over in Collier County last week, 25-year-old purse-snatching suspect Devada Hines got out of the Camaro with his cell phone in his hand.


Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Sets Annual Katrina-Rita Bond Assessment

Homeowners insured by traditional insurance companies will pay $54 on average next year on their insurance policies to cover bond payments being made by state-backed Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, which had to borrow nearly $1 billion to pay claims from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.


Under New Law, Pennsylvania Dentists Now Required to Buy Liability Insurance

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed into law late last month Senate Bill 388 that mandates all dentists in the state to purchase professional liability insurance.


Oklahoma Governor, Insurance Commissioner Visit Lloyd’s of London

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak and insurance industry executives, have met with insurance market representatives at Lloyd’s of London to discuss the state’s $15 billion insurance market, the Oklahoma Insurance Department announced.



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