Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Nov 18, 2014
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9:00 a.m.–The Florida House of Representatives and Senate convene for Organization Session.
Two state department regulators were honored by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners with the Robert Dineen Award: Lenita Blasingame, Chief Deputy Director of the Arkansas Insurance Department and Belinda Miller, General Counsel of the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.
Two politicians’ paths converge at the apex of Florida politics today when Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, becomes president of the Florida Senate and Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, becomes speaker of the Florida House. Tampa Bay Times’ Michael Van Sickler reports.
The Florida Legislature convenes today for a one-day organizational session following this month’s elections, with two new Republican leaders taking the reins of leadership, John Kennedy reports for the “Post On Politics” blog.
- Florida House has organizational drama
- House to vote on State Representative James Grant election outcome
- House Likely To Reject Election Results For District 64
- Pafford elected House Democratic minority leader with no muss, no fuss
Florida Senator Arthenia Joyner of Tampa was formally elected Monday as the next leader of the 14-member Senate Democratic caucus, promising to be a voice for “the little” guy in the chamber dominated by 26 Republicans. The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.
Melissa Sellers, who successfully managed Florida Governor Rick Scott’s re-election campaign, will handle the reins of state government as his new chief of staff, Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet reports.
On Monday, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater named Michelle Dahnke as deputy CFO of the Florida Department of Financial Services. Dahnke will focus on communications, SunshineStateNews.com’s Kevin Derby reports.
Attorneys representing doctors and “release of information” companies are poised to challenge in administrative court the state’s rule capping what can be charged for copying medical records, Christine Jordan Sexton reports for SaintPetersBlog.com.
Stephen Catlin, Catlin Group Limited CEO, has been elected chair of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2015, Insurance Journal reports.
A committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners has deemed it necessary to prepare a new and completely revised preamble that will clarify the scope of the NAIC accreditation standards, including their proposed applicability to XXX/AXXX, variable annuities and long term care reinsurance. The Captive Insurance Times reports.
An NAIC task force wants to have a compromise regulation on the illustrations insurers and agents can use in marketing indexed universal life insurance ready for task force action at the spring NAIC meeting in late March, National Underwriter’s Arthur Postal reports via InsuranceNewsNet.com.
Auto insurance rates will rise an average of 3.7 percent beginning Dec. 8 for customers of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance, which insures about one in three vehicles in Louisiana. Ted Griggs reports for The Advocate.
The Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission held its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on November 15 and elected a new slate of officers, the NAIC reports.
Reuters blogger Steven Brill notes a Financial Times essay on climate change.
Ocwen Financial Corp. is facing an investigation by regulators and a new lawsuit over its treatment of homeowners facing foreclosures. The class-action suit alleges that Ocwen has been charging marked-up, illegal fees and unfairly pushing homeowners into foreclosure. Chris Arnold reports for NPR.org.
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