Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, July 2

Jul 2, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

There are no insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Florida Keys prepares for rising sea level

Hurricane storm surge can inundate the narrow, low-lying Florida Keys, but that is far from the only water worry for officials. Associated Press’ Jennifer Kay reports.


Assurant 2013 Property Catastrophe Reinsurance Program Includes Florida Coverage

Assurant, Inc., a premier provider of specialized insurance and insurance-related products and services announced it has finalized the structure of the Company’s 2013 Property Catastrophe Reinsurance Program, including $185 million of newly issued three-year, fully collateralized catastrophe bonds.


Florida Supreme Court Says Insurers Can’t Require Examinations Under Oath in Pre-2012 PIP Claims

The Florida Supreme Court ruled that prior to a 2012 state law, auto insurer Geico didn’t have the right to force a policyholder to answer questions under oath before paying a personal injury protection benefits claim, Insurance Journal reports.


Florida Medical Malpractice Law Now in Effect is Challenged

Florida doctors won a big legislative victory this year with the passage of a top priority bill for Senate President Don Gaetz that would allow the attorneys for doctors in medical malpractice claims to collect information on the private conversations between patients and other doctors without the patient’s permission, Mary Ellen Klas reports for the Tampa Bay Times.


Medicaid Special Session A Big Mistake, Speaker Weatherford Says

Reiterating his opposition to expanding Medicaid, House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, said in an interview with a South Florida television station that lawmakers should not meet in a special session on the issue, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via Sarasota Herald-Tribune.


Legislature Releases Initial Report on Gaming in Florida

The House Select Committee on Gaming Monday evening released the first in a series of reports to study the impact of gaming in Florida, reports Nancy Smith of


Moody’s Investors Service Says Florida Recovery Underway

With a headline that reads “Florida Back on Track,” Moody’s Investors Service gives Florida an Aa1 rating and a stable outlook in a report issued last week, proclaiming that “the state’s recovery is well under way,” Mary Ellen Klas reports for The Miami Herald.


Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Files for Re-Election

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said Monday she filed papers to seek re-election in 2014, joining fellow Republican Cabinet members Jeff Atwater and Adam Putnam in taking formal steps to run again, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via The Miami Herald.


State Representative Patronis Withdraws from Florida Senate race

Panama City Republican would have challenged Matt Gaetz in primary

State Rep. Jimmy Patronis has announced he is withdrawing from the 2016 state Senate race, reports Matthew Beaton for the Panama City News-Herald.


New Florida real estate laws could help the industry

As Marion County’s housing market continues to recover, new Florida laws went into effect Monday that could affect the real estate business as it regains its footing, reports Ocala Star-Banner’s Fred Hiers.


Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Liquor Captain Fired After Employee Complaints

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation fired a law-enforcement captain Monday after an internal investigation that described a “good ol’ boy” management system in the agency that enforces the state’s liquor laws, reports Bill Cotterell for The Florida Current.


Progressive to License Usage-Based Pricing Tool to USAA

Progressive Corp., the fourth-largest U.S. auto insurer, agreed to license its usage-based pricing technology to United Services Automobile Association, Bloomberg’s Megan Hickley reports in Insurance Journal.



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