Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, October 29

Oct 29, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Matthews Named Florida Insurance Department Interim Chief of Staff

Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty said that Rebecca Matthews will serve as interim chief of staff of the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, Insurance Journal reports.


Action 9 investigates property insurance denials

An Orlando man’s insurance claim to rebuild his burned-out home was denied because of a $50 debt from years ago, WFTV-TV reports.


Climate change may spark pest, disease outbreaks, University of Florida researchers say

While Gainesville may not suffer the worst impacts of climate change, experts say this region – and all of Florida – won’t be spared, writes Valeria Yulee for the Gainesville Sun.


Federal Appeals Court Sides With State Farm in Chiropractic Clinic Case

A federal appeals court Monday agreed with State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. in a legal dispute about whether the insurer needed to pay an Orlando chiropractic clinic for tens of thousands of dollars in patient claims, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports. 


Appeals Court rejects rehearing in trauma center dispute

The First District Court of Appeals rejected a request to rehear the legal battle over two trauma centers in Manatee and Pasco Counties, reports via


Charlie Crist will announce plans for governor’s race Nov. 4 in St. Petersburg

The former Republican governor widely expected to run for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination told the Tampa Bay Times on Friday he will declare his intentions that Monday morning in downtown Straub Park. That’s near where he announced in 2010 that he was leaving the GOP to run for U.S. Senate as an independent, Adam Smith reports via the Miami Herald.


Democrat Murphy’s victory becomes official

Secretary of State Ken Detzner and the elections canvassing board today made state Rep.-elect Amanda Murphy’s victory official, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


Florida Secretary of State says voter-rolls purge will be done right this time

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said Monday the coming purge of noncitizens from Florida voter-registration rolls will be “case-management work,” double-checked by at least two Division of Elections workers before verification with a federal database, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


Jeremy Lau seeks rematch with Mike Hill in State House District 2

After losing the State House District 2 special election about four months ago, Democrat Jeremy Lau opened a campaign account to go again against Rep. Mike Hill in 2014, reports via


Florida Senate President says tax cuts should not come in “dribs and drabs”

Senate President Don Gaetz believes that the $500 million in tax and fee cuts proposed by Gov. Rick Scott should come from a few basic areas, rather than extensive cuts in “dribs and drabs,” reports Peter Schorsch for


Florida Business Licenseholders Get Rick Scott Campaign Talking Points in the Mail

If you’ve gotten a new business or professional license this year or renewed your existing license, chances are you know Gov. Rick Scott’s biography better than you did in 2012, Matt Dixon blogs for the Florida Times-Union.


U.S. Senate Unveils Legislation to Delay Some National Flood Insurance Rate Increases

Senate legislation to delay some flood insurance rate increases for four years was unveiled late last week, reports Arthur Postal for National Underwriter’s


New York Issues New Disaster Protocol for Insurers

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says his administration has put in place new protocols insurance companies can “expect to follow” after significant catastrophes, Chad Hemenway reports for National Underwriter’s


Federal judge blocks Mississippi Governor Bryant in health insurance rate dispute

A federal judge Monday blocked Gov. Phil Bryant from compelling Mississippi’s largest health insurer to resume paying its in-network rate to a chain of 10 hospitals, Associated Press’ Jeff Amy reports via the Miami Herald.


Pensions Muscle Into Reinsurance in Wagers on Catastrophe

The $30 trillion global pension fund industry is starting to muscle in on traditional reinsurers, financing protection against earthquakes and tornadoes as interest rates near record lows spur the search for yield, Sarah Jones and Margaret Collins report for Bloomberg.


A.M. Best Special Report:  Rating Factors for Organizations Using Life Captive Reinsurers

A.M. Best Co. views as positive the life insurance industry’s ongoing discussions related to increased regulatory scrutiny and transparency of captive reinsurers, the company explains in a news release.



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