Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, July 31

Jul 31, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

2:00 p.m.–Florida Workers’ Compensation Joint Underwriting Association Producer Committee meeting.  To view the meeting notice, click here.  To view the agenda, click here.



    Daily Insurance-Related News


    Keys Windstorm strategy proposed

    Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers and consumer advocacy group Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe want to compile a database of Florida Keys properties as the next step in a years-long effort to hold down the surging price of windstorm insurance.


    Florida Department of Health aims to cut Tuberculosis rates in half

    Florida has a new plan to cut the state tuberculosis rate in half by 2020. 


    Florida car insurance costs rank among nations 10 highest

    Florida ranks among the 10 most expensive states for car insurance, a new study finds – costing the typical resident $1,784 a year or 3.36 percent of household income.


    Data transfer to push Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles offline in September

    Florida drivers looking to renew their license online won’t be able to do so for a few days in September when the information superhighway will be shut down.


    Florida to appeal ruling blocking law banning doctors from asking about guns

    Governor Rick Scott, as expected, is appealing a judge’s ruling that blocked the implementation of a Florida law barring doctors from asking patients about guns.


    Integrity Florida urges state to update Sunshine Laws

    Elected officials should have to make much more detailed public disclosure of outside income sources and potential voting conflicts, an independent watchdog organization said in a “corruption risk report” issued at a news conference on Monday.


    Florida Governor Rick Scott omits email account from state website

    Governor Rick Scott has overhauled his public email system after a Herald/Times reporter discovered that it did not include unfavorable emails sent to the governor’s official state account.


    Blog:  Gisela Salas, chief of state elections division, resigns

    Dr. Gisela Salas, director of the state Division of Elections, has resigned effective Wednesday to take a job closer to her family in Ocala, her supervisor announced Monday.


    Primary Profile:  District 4 Senate race has long-term implications

    The Republican primary campaign between Representative Mike Weinstein and former Representative Aaron Bean for a newly redrawn Jacksonville seat in the Florida Senate this summer is really a political proxy fight for a future Senate presidency.


    Congressional District 14:  Kathy Castor a Heavy Favorite to Win Fourth Term in Congress

    As she continues to run for a fourth term in Congress, U.S. Representative Kathy Castor, D-Fla., is a heavy favorite to keep her seat in the Tampa Bay area.


    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:  Florida House District 20’s Watson with fundraising lead in Gainesville area House race

    Alachua Democrat Clovis Watson, Jr., collected $16,000 in contributions during a two-week period this month, adding to his major fund-raising edge over primary opponent Marihelen Wheeler of Gainesville, according to new reports.


    Florida Senate District 27:   Two Democratic State Representatives Battle for Open Florida Seat in Palm Beach County

    On August 14, two Democrats serving together in the Florida House of Representatives — Jeff Clemens of Lake Worth and Mack Bernard of West Palm Beach — will clash in a primary for the SD 27 open seat in the state Senate that represents parts of Palm Beach County.


    Florida House District 100:  Joe Gibbons Has Financial Edge But Faces Democratic Primary Threat

    Joe Gibbons, D-Pembroke Park, is seeking a fourth term in the Florida House but faces a serious opponent in the Democratic primary come August 14.


    Blog:  Representative Chris Dorworth vs. Orlando Mayor Teresa Jacobs on Orange Commission race

    Representative Chris Dorworth’s involvement in an Orange commission race is pouring more gas on a feud between the future House speaker from Seminole County and Mayor Teresa Jacobs, two of Central Florida’s most powerful Republicans.


    Judge won’t limit public records in Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer case

    There is a bit of bad news for some of the witnesses slated to testify at the trial of former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer.


    Former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom Sues State To Cover Legal Fees  

    Former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom racked up more than 800-thousand dollars in legal fees while defending himself against corruption charges that were eventually dropped.


    Democratic report blasts for-profit colleges

    For-profit colleges put revenues above education, and charge students high tuition and loan rates that could leave them in debt for years, a Senate Democratic report said Monday.

    Skilled workers high on list of why companies come and go in Florida

    With 840,000 Floridians out of work, it’s not merely interesting to find out why companies come to the state and why they leave, Carrie Blanchard says.


    Florida’s waiting list for home-delivered meals more than doubles

    Rena Drye once relished cooking a good stuffed pepper or cheesecake.


    What’s exempt during the Florida tax-free holiday, August 3-5?

    Tax-exempt clothing items (maximum $75 per item) are exempt.


    Insuring the Olympics:  Unique Locations, Number of Stakeholders Among Risks Industry Takes On

    What’s so special about the Olympics? For an insurance broker, dispensing with the excitement of the moment, the Olympics are just another sporting event, but on a grander scale, say some experts.


    A Decade Later:  Is Sarbanes-Oxley Working? – Analysis

    When Peregrine Financial collapsed earlier this month, a nagging question resurfaced.



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