Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, July 5

Jul 5, 2011


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


10:00 a.m.–Florida Surplus Lines Service Office National Clearinghouse Committee meeting.  Agenda includes issues pertaining to the proposed national surplus lines tax clearinghouse.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



Daily Insurance-Related News


Florida’s Homeowners Choice Names Patel as New Chief Executive Officer

Homeowners Choice, a Florida-based provider of homeowners’ insurance, has named a familiar executive to be its new chief executive officer.


Blog:  Florida’s First District Court of Appeal — Illegal residents entitled to workers compensation

After dropping out of school in his native Mexico, Luis Aragon crossed the U.S. border as an illegal immigrant at age 16 in search of work.


Florida Representative Broxson hosts insurance forums

State Reprsentative Doug Broxson, R-Gulf Breeze, will host a series of constituent forums Thursday and Friday to address aluminum wiring and how it affects property insurance.


Blog:  Need A Witness? Miami’s Lincoln Road Firm Has Actors For Hire At Trial

Manny Fernandez was defending an insurance company in Miami-Dade court when a witness, speaking in a halting, Ecuadorian accent, got emotional when he recalled seeing his roommate mauled in a construction accident.


Florida tops Progressive Insurance’s motorcycle-ride ranking

What might be obvious to many Florida motorcyclists is now official:  The Sunshine State is the country’s best state to ride.


Despite fatalities, parasailing unregulated in Florida

As the boat rocked in the swells off Fort Lauderdale’s beach, Lauren Chubb and her sister-in-law Sky Prince wriggled into harnesses.


University of Florida mulls self-insurance

In a first for the state, University of Florida President Bernie Machen wants to establish a health insurance program just for university employees to cut costs.


Blog:  Medicaid fraud probe focuses on Florida Representative Daphne Campbell

Months after Florida lawmaker Daphne Campbell promised to crack down on Medicaid fraud, state agents are now carrying out her pledge by focusing on an unexpected target:  Campbell’s own health-care business.


Florida Governor Rick Scott OKs SunRail; Critics See Train Wreck Ahead

Hailed by business groups, governor green-lights Central Florida commuter project

Brushing off criticism from taxpayer and tea party groups, Governor Rick Scott gave the go-ahead to the controversial SunRail commuter train on Friday.


Florida’s Space Coast feels pain of shuttle’s end

Workers at the Kennedy Space Center always knew the end of the shuttle program would bring hard times to Florida’s Space Coast.


Infographic:  1,662 State Workers’ Employment Ended Friday

According to the Department of Management Services, 519 of the 1,662 employees have already been placed in different positions.


Halt privatized campsites at Florida parks, some state senators urge

A push for privately developed and operated campgrounds in Florida state parks, a concept that worries some environmentalists and lawmakers, shifts this week from bureaucratic offices to local public meetings that will consider the fate of De Leon Springs, Honeymoon Island and two other sites.


Blog:  Florida Governor Rick Scott — You bet I want a second term

Imagine you’re Governor Rick Scott.


Governor Scott’s wealth declines 53 percent

Florida’s wealthiest governor is a lot less rich these days.


Blog:  Governor Rick Scott to be a grandfather

From Marc Caputo:  Governor Rick Scott breaks into a broad smile when he tells The Shark Tank blog that he’s going to be a grandfather soon — a boy!


Blog:  Public insurance adjusters called illegal in Alabama

In at least 44 states, insurance policyholders can hire their own adjusters, called public adjusters, to help settle claims after a loss.


Many South Texas Windstorm Inspections Turn Out to Be Bogus

Owners of more than 400 homes and businesses in South Texas will be notified that their windstorm insurance reviews were done by a bogus inspector.


Hawaii Regulator Orders Homeowners Insurers to File New Rates

Hawaii Insurance Commissioner Gordon I. Ito has ordered all homeowner insurers to submit new rate filings after an Insurance Division review found that rates were “excessive” when compared to National Association of Insurance Commissioners data.


More Catastrophe Model Revisions Coming

Catastrophe risk modeler Eqecat is ready to release significant updates to its North Atlantic hurricane, Canada earthquake and Asia typhoon models.


Pennsylvania Extends Workers’ Compensation to Limited Liability Companies and Partnerships

Pennsylvania has extended workers’ compensation coverage to allow officers of a  limited liability company and partnerships to obtain the insurance.


Wall Street Journal:  New York attorney general sends subpoenas to nine life insurance companies

New York Attorney General has issued subpoenas to at least nine leading life insurers to examine whether the firms have adequately ensured payouts on policies of some deceased customers, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter.


New York Times:  The Collision Over Traffic Cameras

Let’s stipulate this upfront:  Everybody hates motorists who run red lights or who speed recklessly.





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