Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, September 17
Sep 17, 2013
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8:30 a.m.–Florida Automobile Joint Underwriting Association Board of Governors meeting. Tampa, Florida. Teleconference: (877) 826-6967; conference ID: 2867636526#.
Barry Gilway is a decidedly rare breed: A chief executive who really wants you to take your business to one of his competitors, reports Maria Mallory White for the Sun-Sentinel.
Yarden Lee Bracero, 39, a former Allstate employee in Jacksonville was convicted for diverting claims payments for her own personal use, ClaimsJournal.com reports.
A Pembroke Pines chiropractor was arrested for illegally soliciting accident victims after obtaining unauthorized media credentials to find people who had been in a car crash, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced Monday, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
The Sunshine State is tied with Nevada for the lowest rate of structurally deficient bridges at 2.2 percent, according to a new report from “Governing” magazine, writes Gray Rohrer for The Florida Current.
Health Management Associates, a Florida-based company that owns 10 Mississippi hospitals, sued Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi for $13 million in June, saying that the insurance company broke contract terms by underpaying for procedures. Blue Cross says HMA overcharges, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Starting Oct. 1, texting while driving will be illegal in Florida, but absent state funding to promote the law, efforts to get the public up to speed with the changes could be spotty, Rochelle Koff reports for Tampa Bay Times.
On Monday, the Florida Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) exchanged shots over Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal to slash $500 million in taxes from the state budget, reports Kevin Derby for SunshineStateNews.com.
Florida legislature’s economic forecasting office presented a draft (note: draft!) report that projected an $846 million budget surplus for the fiscal year that starts next July. Unsurprisingly, state lawmakers are already jockeying over what to do with it, reports NPR-affiliate WFCU, the Washington Post’s Niraj Chokshi blogs.
Groups suing over the way legislators drew new districts for the state Senate and U.S. Congress want to interview legislators, but justices sound skeptical about whether state legislators must answer questions in a long-running political battle, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.
Providing supervisors of elections with the documentation they want before removing potential non-citizens from the voting rolls shouldn’t be a problem, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said Monday, reports THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Dara Kam via the Lakeland Ledger.
A deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has resigned amid the process of identifying which state lands can be sold as surplus, The Florida Current’s Bruce Ritchie reports.
All signs show the Florida gubernatorial race is starting to heat up as Rick Scott pushes his tax cuts and two major potential Democratic candidates lay out new timetables to decide whether to enter the race, Jeff Henderson reports for SunshineStateNews.com.
House candidate Amanda Murphy, a Pasco County Democrat, had a client refunded $200,000 as part of a 2011 payback agreement federal regulators reached with Tampa-based Raymond James Financial Services, Florida Times-Union’s Matt Dixon reports.
With House Democratic Leader Perry Thurston of Fort Lauderdale facing term limits in 2014, a new Democratic candidate filed paperwork to launch a bid to replace him in representing parts of Broward County, SunshineStateNews.com’s Kevin Derby reports.
Gov. Rick Scott announced his next trade mission today from his @ItsWorkingFL Twitter account devoted to jobs and economic news, reports Tampa Bay Times’ Tia Mitchell.
The board of Texas insurer of last resort for wind and hail along the Texas coast voted at its August meeting to raise premium rates beginning in January 2014, Stephanie K. Jones reports in Insurance Journal.
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