Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, May 21
May 21, 2013
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9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.–Citizens Property Insurance (“Citizens”) Public Forum; Spring Hill, Florida. Florida Senator Wilton Simpson hosts a forum at which Citizens policyholders can meet one-on-one with Citizens’ representatives to review their insurance policies and concerns. RSVPs are required. To participate, send an e-mail to Rogers.Rachel@flsenate.gov or call (850) 487-5018. (Pasco-Hernando Community College, Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Drive, Spring Hill.)
Hurricane season doesn’t officially start until next month, but Citizens Property Insurance Corp. already has weathered a series of political and public-relations storms, reports Maria Mallory White of the Sun Sentinel.
In a victory for medical malpractice insurers and physicians, Florida lawmakers have approved a series of tort reforms that among other things will require expert witnesses testifying against physicians in a malpractice suit to be engaged in the same specialty, Insurance Journal’s Michael Adams reports.
Authorities in South Florida say 33 more people have been charged in a three-year crackdown on staged auto accidents used to defraud insurance companies out of millions of dollars, the Associated Press reports in Insurance Journal.
For anyone still unconvinced that Governor Rick Scott knows the negotiation dance and uses it to the benefit of his priorities, look no farther than the most recent developments in hospital Medicaid funding, writes Karen Cyphers of SaintPetersBlog.com.
Nan Rich, the former Florida Senate Democratic Leader, suggested that Democratic senators this year misplayed their hand on Medicaid expansion, blogs Tampa Bay Times’ Political Writer Adam Smith.
Governor Rick Scott vetoed $368 million in spending outlined by lawmakers in signing their 2013-2014 state budget, knocking the total budget figure down to $74.1 billion, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.
- Florida Taxwatch Says Scott Vetoed Most of Its Recommendations
- Organizations agree to repayment pledges
- Embry-Riddle wind tunnel spared
- University of Florida fares well in budget, Machen says
- Scott nixes $50 million for proposed bike trail; $27.3 million in water projects
- In Another Rebuke to House Speaker, Governor Vetoes Tuition Increases
- Hillsborough County local projects hit by veto pen
- Governor vetoes funding for Palm Beach County anti-violence program
- Polk Projects Cut From State Budget
- Governor allows “turkey” Sarasota rowing park
- Airport, lighthouse projects approved
- Florida Governor Rick Scott approves August sales tax holiday
Businesswoman and community leader Pamela Gray filed her paperwork Monday to challenge for the House seat, which represents all of Monroe County and parts of Miami-Dade, SunshineStateNews.com’s Jeff Henderson reports.
The battle over rate hikes imposed on flood insurance program policyholders in Louisiana is intensifying, with the big prize being the Senate seat now held by Mary Landrieu, D-La, reports Arthur Postal for National Underwriter’s PropertyCasualty360.com.
Five people died when a 10 metre (33 feet) wide sinkhole opened up at the gates of an industrial estate in Shenzhen, the southern Chinese boom town neighbouring Hong Kong, local authorities said Tuesday, France24.com reports.
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