Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, July 9

Jul 9, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.–Florida Department of Financial Services’ Automobile Insurance Fraud Strike Force meeting.  Teleconference:  850-413-1558; conference ID:  10583.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Florida Post-Loss Underwriting Tactics Investigated

Farrier Chip Furr and his fiancee Tara McElveen were living in their Arcadia home less than a year when a water line underneath a bathroom sink sprang a leak, Francis Gilpin reports for Scripps’ ABC Action News.


With New Law on the Books, Crackdowns on Unlicensed Contractors Begins

The Florida Legislature recently passed a bill allowing all local jurisdictions to quadruple the maximum fine for unlicensed contractors from $500 to $2,000 per incident, Bradenton Herald’s Janey Tate reports.


Panama Beach Company Introduces Software to Gauge Insurance Claims Underpayment

T Strategies Group, a software company specializing in developing solutions for disaster victims announced the public release of the Property RulerTM software to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy and other property damage related events find out how much they are potentially due from insurers, a news release explains.


Florida Senator Sachs To Refile Parasailing Legislation

State Sen. Maria Sachs intends to refile legislation that would put more regulations on parasailing, Peter Schorsch of reports.


Florida Oil Spill Consortium Reaches Deal on Use of Recovery Funds

Gov. Rick Scott and the Gulf Consortium – a group comprising 23 Gulf Coast counties – have reached a deal for using recovery funds related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the governor’s office announced, Associated Press reports in Insurance Journal.


Florida House Speaker Not Expected to Change Committee Assignments Much Next Month

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford sent a memo to legislators Monday reminding them their committee assignment terms run out on Aug. 1, but hinted there won’t be a sea change in committee memberships, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


Search for next Lieutenant Governor will be internal, Scott Says

Gov. Rick Scott said Monday that the search for his new lieuteuant governor will be headed by chief of staff Adam Hollingsworth, and he emphasized it will be “internal” with no vetting by outsiders, Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet reports.


Pasco residents beg Fasano to stay in Legislature

After announcing that he might be interested in changing jobs, state Rep. Mike Fasano heard a clear message in return: Keep the one you have.  Jon Silman reports for Tampa Bay Times.


Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation deputy secretary quits suddenly in wake of bad report

Deputy Secretary Michael Walker is the second high-ranking agency official to leave the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation because of the investigation into complaints of sexual harassment, employee intimidation and personnel favoritism in the Alcoholic Beverage and Tobacco Division.


Pasco Race Begins to Replace Term-Limited Florida House Speaker Weatherford

With House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, facing term limits in 2014, two candidates have emerged to run in the Republican primary to replace him — and Republican leaders in the district, which represents parts of Pasco County, assured Kevin Derby of Sunshine State News that there would be more candidates.


Fundraising Trails for North Florida House Legislators

Reports for candidates for the Florida Legislature are starting to trickle out and some Republican incumbents representing parts of North Florida underwhelmed in that period, Kevin Derby reports for Sunshine State News.


House Race Rematch Takes Shape in Polk County

As he looks for to win a fourth and final term in the Florida House, Rep. John Wood, R-Winter Haven, faces a familiar opponent in the Republican primaries in 2014 in John Lindsey, Kevin Derby reports for Sunshine State News.


Florida Governor Says Everybody Should be a Republican

Gov. Rick Scott, campaigning for re-election at the grassroots level, told Wakulla County Republicans Monday night his political fortunes depend on how well they get out the GOP message of jobs, education improvement and smaller government, Bill Cotterell reports for The Florida Current.


Homeowners Lose New Jersey Sand Dune Dispute

A New Jersey town can present evidence of the benefits of building dunes as storm barriers when homeowners with beachfront properties seek compensation for losing their ocean views, the state’s highest court ruled, reports Bloomberg in Insurance Journal.


Reinsurers Post Highest Net Premiums Written Since 2003

A group of reinsurers tracked by the Reinsurance Association of America in 2012 recorded a level of net premiums written not seen for about a decade, National Underwriter’s reports.


Chinese Insurer Buying Lloyd’s of London Headquarters Building

Ping An Insurance Group Co., China’s second-largest life insurer, agreed to buy the Lloyd’s of London building from a Commerz Real AG-managed fund, two people with knowledge of the transaction said, reports Bloomberg in Insurance Journal.



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