Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, November 29

Nov 29, 2011


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


10:00 a.m.–Florida Surplus Lines Service Office Board of Governors meeting.  To view the meeting notice, click here.

10:00 a.m.–Florida Workers’ Compensation Joint Underwriting Association (“FWCJUA”) Operations Committee meeting.  To view the meeting notice, click here.  To view the agenda, click here.

1:00 p.m.–FWCJUA Rates and Forms Committee meeting.  To view the meeting notice, click here.  To view the agenda, click here.


    Daily Florida Insurance-Related Bills Filed for 2012


    HB 789 relating to Workers’ Compensation by State Representative H. Marlene O’Toole

    HB 789 would revise penalties applicable to employers that fail to secure payment of workers’ compensation as required.  Effective Date: July 1, 2012



    Daily Insurance-Related News


    Editorial:  Auto-insurance reforms should target fraud

    This being Florida, the locals were bound to find ways to exploit or defraud our system of no-fault auto insurance, launched in the 1970s to curb exploitation and fraud.


    State should say goodbye to Personal Injury Protection, most advise in poll

    When asked whether the Legislature should repeal the 39-year-old requirement that all motorists carry personal injury protection, most respondents to our poll agreed that it should.


    Report:  Florida needs to take a closer look at financial incentives, tax breaks for businesses

    A new report from the Florida Center on Fiscal and Economic Policy calls on state policy-makers to evaluate whether or not the many tax breaks and grants afforded to companies by the state of Florida are actually creating jobs.


    Blog:  Appeals court rejects Internet Cafe case

    A Tallahassee-based appeals court Monday refused to revive a lawsuit that could have determined whether Internet cafes violate state gambling laws, reports the News Service of Florida.


    Column:  Lawmakers keep trying to amend Florida Constitution

    It’s not easy to amend the Florida Constitution, but that never stops the Legislature from trying.


    Governor Rick Scott schedules morning State of the State speech

    Former Governor Charlie Crist moved the speech to the evening in 2008 hoping to reach a statewide television audience with live snippets on the 6 p.m. newscasts.


    State legislators announce formation of Everglades Caucus

    A host of state legislators from both sides of the aisle will announce the formation of a Florida Everglades Legislative Caucus at a press conference slated for 1 p.m. today.


    On “Cyber Monday” lawmaker laments lost revenue

    Senator Evelyn Lyn and Representative Michelle Rehwinkle Vasilinda have sponsored companion bills that would prompt the state to start collecting sales tax on purchases made by Florida residents on the Internet.


    U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether Harm Needed in Kickback Suits

    In a dispute pitting big business against consumer groups, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday on whether a person has to suffer legal harm to sue a company over an alleged kickback it got.


    New York Court Rules on Asbestos Defense Costs for Primary Insurer

    A New York State court ruled last Friday that an asbestos defendant is entitled to full defense from its primary insurer for certain asbestos liabilities, with the primary insurer paying all defense costs for covered claims that are not paid by other insurers.




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