Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, March 13

Mar 13, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

(CANCELED) 10:00 a.m.–Florida Surplus Lines Service Office National Clearinghouse Committee meeting.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



Daily Insurance-Related News


Blog:  Citizens Property Insurance head Scott Wallace joining Homeowners Choice

Homeowners Choice, Inc., a Florida-based provider of homeowners insurance, today announced that Scott R. Wallace, chief executive officer of Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, has agreed to serve as president of its property and casualty division.


Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance Assessment Rate to Change Under New Law

Florida lawmakers have approved a bill that reduces the assessment rate of the state-run property insurer to give policyholders more time to retire deficits.


Blog:  Congressman Ted Deutch launches attack on Chinese drywall

South Florida Congressman Ted Deutch plans to unveil legislation at an event in Parkland on Tuesday that would ban Chinese drywall as a hazardous product.


Blog:  How the Personal Injury Protection Reform Bill Will Impact 411-PAIN

The Broward-based 1-800-411-PAIN Referral Service and other companies that solicit clients who have been in car accidents got a legislative kick in the knees Friday, but they are still standing.


Blog:  Still shaking my head at that $100,000 donation to Governor Rick Scott right before major Personal Injury Protection vote

By accepting a $100,000 donation and lobbying so hard for the Florida House’s version of an overhaul to the state’s Personal Injury Protection laws, Rick Scott may have all but guaranteed a challenge from former governor Charlie Crist in 2014.


Florida lawmakers pass metal-theft bill amid public safety concerns

The death of a South Florida woman served as a catalyst to bolster the state’s metal-theft laws.


Blog:  Legislators to return for redistricting session with Florida Senate under fire

Fresh off a bruising 60-day session that ended Friday, the Florida Senate will remain in the spotlight this week when legislators travel back to the capital city Wednesday for a special session to redraw the court-rejected Senate map.


Lawmakers give governor more power over jobs agencies

Florida lawmakers have approved a plan that would give Governor Rick Scott more control over the state’s regional jobs boards, allowing Scott and future governors to remove agency board members or top executives for poor performance.


Shuffle looms in Florida Senate contest 

State House Representative Ron Saunders’ legislative aide is considering running for her boss’ seat. However, she will not run with the same party affiliation as him.


The Florida Current’s 2012 Session Summary:  Ethics, Elections and Redistricting

The 2012 session saw lawmakers advance relatively few measures affecting elections, with one obvious exception:  The redrawing of Florida’s legislative and congressional boundaries began over the summer as the mother of all interim projects while lawmakers held 26 public hearings across the state.


The Florida Current’s 2012 Session Summary:  Real Estate and Growth Management

Expectations were low going into the session that any significant growth management legislation would pass.


Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance sets rate increase

Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will raise its rates an average of 10.5 percent statewide, or around $170, for homeowners who buy their coverage through the state insurer of last resort.


Wall Street Journal:  Putting Out Fires for a Fee

When fires or medical emergencies beset this rural county in the Appalachian foothills, the volunteer fire department races to the scene-seemingly free of charge.



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