Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, November 22

Nov 22, 2011


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

(CANCELED) 10:00 a.m.–Florida Surplus Lines Service Office (“FSLSO”) meeting; 10:00 a.m.  A meeting of either the FSLSO Board of Governors or National Clearinghouse Committee is scheduled to occur.  To view the meeting notice, click here.


    Daily Florida Insurance-Related Bills Filed for 2012

    HB 725 relating to Insurance Agents and Adjusters by State Representative Bill Hager

    HB 725 would delete the title insurer administrative surcharge for a licensed title insurance agency, as well as the requirement that an insurer pay agent tax for each county in which an agent represents an insurer and has place of business.  It would revise the definitions of “adjuster” and “home state,” along with provisions relating to who may bind insurance coverage.  The bill provides that an applicant is responsible for information in an application even if the application is completed by a third party.  The application would be required to include a statement about the method used to meet certain requirements.  Further, the bill would revise provisions relating to when an applicant may apply for a license after his or her initial application is denied by the Florida Department of Financial Services, as well as provisions relating to license examinations.  The exemption from examination for certain adjusters would be deleted, but applications for examination would have to be submitted on the designee’s Web site.  The scope of examination for an all-lines adjuster would also be revised.   HB 725 provides for e-mailing notices of examinations and specifies how many times an applicant may take the examination during a year.   Provisions relating to continuing education requirements would be revised; inclusive of the ability for persons on active military duty to seek a waiver from the same.  Finally, the bill provides for the update of continuing education courses and their contents.  Effective Date: October 1, 2012



    Daily Insurance-Related News


    Joan Collier’s Florida People, Places, & Products-November 2011 Round-Up

    Several elections and appointments have been made to the Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurance Guaranty Association.


    Hospital district review commission is asked to require the sale of all public hospitals and their assets

    The Florida Commission on Review of Taxpayer Funded Hospital Districts delays vote on motion but some members express their concerns with the proposal.


    Assisted Living Facility operators, recruiters plead guilty in major Medicare fraud case in South Florida

    Operators of South Florida assisted-living facilities and halfway houses charged in one of the nation’s biggest Medicare fraud cases are rushing to plead guilty rather than face risky trials and long prison sentences.


    Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon:  Brody case should be settled

    In an availability with reporters, House Speaker Dean Cannon says some of his members have “philosophical discomfort” with claims bills.


    Florida Nurse Practitioners Allege Exclusion From Medicaid Reform

    A study forecasting multibillion-dollar savings by Florida’s Medicaid reform program should be taken with a large grain of salt, say skeptical health-care providers.


    Blog:  Did University of Miami bamboozle state legislators over lawsuit-shield law?

    The chairman of the Miami-Dade legislative delegation has sent a blistering letter to the University of Miami, saying he finds it “extremely troubling” that the UM medical school does not plan to share its savings from a new sovereign-immunity legal status with cash-strapped Jackson Health System.


    Florida chief financial officer wants ok on contracts

    The top Florida official in charge of the state’s checkbook wants more control over state contracts even though it could set up a clash with Governor Rick Scott.


    Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon sees no need for budget overtime

    The House speaker’s comment was prompted by recent leadership statements that lawmakers may want to wait until new revenue estimates are released in the spring, in order to have a better picture of state finances before making final budget decisions.


    Florida revenue officials spike idea to tax business leases

    After lobbying by commercial real estate groups, Florida’s Department of Revenue spiked a plan that could have imposed more taxes on business leases.


    Feds won’t file charges against Florida Senator Jim Norman

    Jim Norman’s financial link to a longtime political benefactor nearly derailed his run for state Senate – but, according to federal officials, didn’t break the law.


    Washington County residents to vote on slot machines for Ebro Greyhound Park

    Washington County voters will decide in January whether to bring slot machines to Ebro Greyhound Park.


    Texas Pulls 66,000 Unsafe Commercial Vehicles Off Road

    Department of Public Safety pulls 66,000 commercial vehicles and 12,000 commercial drivers from the road.


    New York Loosens Regulatory Requirements on Some Commercial Insurance

    New York today implements new speed-to-market rules that eliminate rate and form regulation of most commercial-risk insurance policies.




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