Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Tuesday, May 27
May 27, 2014
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South Florida are urging residents to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, the Associated Press reports via the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
- Property owners better protected as hurricane season nears
- “Insane” insurance market roils before storm season
Aerial sensors used to map the contours of the Earth’s surface could help Pinellas County officials assess how future property values along the coast will be affected by flood risk and the ever-increasing costs of insuring against it, Josh Boatwright reports for the St. Petersburg Tribune.
In what can only be taken as an exceedingly encouraging sign for emerging markets around the world, an African Union-created agency has established the continent’s first-ever catastrophe insurance pool, offering coverage to the nations of Kenya, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal to protect against extreme weather and threats to the food supply, explains Ray Lehmann for the RStreet Blog.
Florida seniors are pretty good at watching their weight and they get the best diabetes treatment in the country, but they still drink too much alcohol, and home health care can be very hard to come by.
A Brevard County doctor, Wasfi Makar , was hit with an $89 million judgment last week in a whistleblower Medicare fraud case, Paul Brinkmann and Marni Jameson report for the Orlando Sentinel.
In a cost-of-living adjustment more than 25 years overdue, the Legislature approved a $35.4 million increase to raise the monthly personal spending allowance for Medicaid patients in long-term care facilities from $35 to $105, Barbara Peters Smith reports for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
The annual hunt for budget “turkeys” by Florida TaxWatch, a pro-business, low-tax think tank, revealed $121 million in questionable projects, according to the group’s report released Friday, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.
A trial to determine whether state legislators broke the law when drawing up new political maps is entering its second week, the Associated Press reports via the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Florida Governor Rick Scott is set to introduce new policies focused on small businesses and entrepreneurs, the Associated Press reports via the Tampa Tribune.
Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Bar should review selection procedures for judges and appoint a special “diversity” officer to help get more black, Hispanic and other under-represented minority lawyers into the judicial system, a special task force recommended on Friday, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.
The Florida Press Association and Florida Society of News Editors have announced dates for two forums for Florida’s 2014 gubernatorial race, Allen Bartlett reports for Scripps “Political Fix Florida” blog.
When the 2012 redistricting pitted Democratic state Senator Maria Sachs against Republican state Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff in a new Palm Beach-Broward Senate district, the resulting clash of incumbents – the only senator vs. senator race in Florida – was expensive and nasty. The Palm Beach Post’s George Bennett reports.
Just seven of South Florida’s 37 incumbent state representatives face any serious competition as the June 20 filing deadline to run for statewide and county offices nears, reports Dan Sweeney of Sun Sentinel.
Jeanette Núñez was on the biggest stage of her legislative career, Kathleen McGrory writes for the Tampa Bay Times.
Legislation has been introduced in Congress that would clarify that private flood insurance should be an option available to homeowners, reports Arthur Postal for National Underwriter’s PropertyCasualty360.com.
When Jeb Hensarling took over the congressional panel that spawned the Dodd-Frank Act, he vowed to roll back the landmark Wall Street law and eliminate government programs that backstop private markets, Bloomberg’s Cheyenne Hopkins reports via National Underwriter’s PropertyCasualty360.com.
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