Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, July 23

Jul 23, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


10:00 a.m.–Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation Proposed Rule Hearing.  Rule 69L-6.012, amended to incorporate by reference all forms contained in Rule 69L-6.009, has rendered Rule 69L-6.009 duplicative and unnecessary.  That Rule is therefore proposed for repeal.

1:00 p.m.–Florida Surplus Lines Service Office Board of Governors meeting.  Ponte Vedra, Florida.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Florida Court Rules Auto Policy Covers Modified Golf Cart

A Florida appeals court has ruled that an automobile insurer must cover a Florida man for injuries from a collision in a golf cart that had been modified to exceed a speed of 20 miles per hour, Insurance Journal reports.


Florida puts squeeze on life insurers for millions of dollars in death benefits

The state of Florida has put the squeeze on some of the nation’s biggest life insurance companies to hand over benefits from almost 96,000 unclaimed policies worth more than $75 million – money that might be yours, Miami Herald’s Jay Weaver reports for the Tampa Bay Times.


New Florida insurance firm specializes in food safety risk

Two executives of a Florida insurance firm have started a practice focusing on food safety risk, Doug Ohlemeier reports for The Packer, a produce industry trade magazine.


Sit-in at Scott’s office continues

Protesters at the state Capitol give no sign that they are wavering in a commitment to a sit-in at Gov. Rick Scott’s office until he calls a special legislative session, James Call reports for The Florida Current.


Feds sue Florida over alleged treatment of disabled children

The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against Florida and the Agency for Health Care Administration over its alleged failure to address the institutionalization of disabled children in nursing homes, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


Florida State Attorney’s office rebuked for late evidence gaffe in wrongful termination suit

The office of State Attorney Angela Corey faces potential sanctions and will have to pay thousands of dollars in taxpayer money after failing to turn over all documents in a wrongful termination case filed by a former employee, Matt Dixon blogs for Jacksonville Times-Union.


State moving along with natural gas rebate program as Florida TaxWatch urges companies to act

HB 579 as signed by Gov. Rick Scott in June provides a rebate of $25,000 per vehicle for conversion of commercial fleet vehicles to natural gas. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is holding workshops on proposed rules for the rebate program, The Florida Current’s Bruce Ritchie reports.


Insurers, Republicans Part Ways Over Global Warming

The U.S. insurance industry told U.S. Senators that a surge in weather-related catastrophes has forced billions of dollars in payouts, offering an assessment at odds with Republicans who have expressed doubt about global warming, Bloomberg’s Mark Drajen reports in Insurance Journal.


New Jersey Governor Vetoes Workers’ Compensation Bill Aimed at Emergency Personnel

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would, for the purposes of providing workers’ comp benefits, assume illnesses and disorders suffered by public workers stemmed from their employment unless evidence is provided in rebuttal, Ana Khalamayzer reports for National Underwriter’s


Federal Aviation Administration Warns Colorado Town of Liability for Shooting at Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration isn’t so keen on a small Colorado town’s proposal to issue hunting licenses for unmanned aircraft, warning that firing weapons at drones “could result in criminal or civil liability, just as would firing at a manned airplane.”


Marsh Ltd. Names Former London Stock Exchange CEO Jane Barker as New Chair

Jane Barker has been named the new Chairperson of Marsh Ltd., where she has served as a non-executive director since 2010. She will replace Peter Middleton, who is retiring from the position on Aug. 1, National Underwriter’s reports.



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