Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sep 22, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.–Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology (“FCHLPM”) meeting.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Pinellas County officials looking for solutions to rising sea level

Some of Pinellas’ show-runners have decided sea level rise is a subject worth exploring, Devon Crumpacker reports for


Florida lawmakers weigh boating regulations

South Florida lawmakers plan to do something to increase safety on our waterways.  They’re just not quite sure what.  Dan Sweeney reports for the Sun-Sentinel.


Florida Governor wants a boost in mental health spending

Florida Governor Rick Scott says he will push to spend more money on mental health and substance abuse programs, the Associated Press reports via the Tampa Tribune.


Florida Hospital parent company settles Justice Department lawsuit for $115 million

Florida Hospital’s parent company Adventist Health System has agreed to pay $115 million to the U.S. Department of Justice to settle claims that it offered excessive pay and generous perks to doctors to entice them to refer patients in violation of federal law, according to a settlement agreement released Monday.   Skyler Swisher reports for the Daytona Beach News-Journal.


Panel proposes doing away with “red flags” in pain pill rule

Pharmacists would have to get extra training and be encouraged to fill valid prescriptions for controlled substances under a proposed rule revamp aimed at ending the “pharmacy crawl” forced on patients who can’t get their pain medications filled.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Dara Kam reports via


Scott to begin two-day recruiting trip to Kentucky

Governor Rick Scott will fly to Kentucky early Tuesday for two days of private meetings in Lexington and Louisville with unidentified business owners about moving or expanding to Florida.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via


Florida nice to rich, mean to poor, tax survey says

WalletHub, the online personal finance resource, says Florida has one of the least fair tax systems in the nation, ranking 45th overall, Tampa Tribune’s Jerome Stockfish reports.


Floridians Needing a Passport Urged to Act Now

To avoid an anticipated crush of applicants in Florida, now is a good time to apply for both first-time passports and renewals, the State Department says. September to December is the slowest time of the year.  Arlene Satchell reports via the Orlando Sentinel.


Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Seeks Hike in Liability Limits

The Texas Department of Insurance will hold a public hearing on a request by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association to increase maximum policy liability limits, Insurance Journal reports.


Texas Surplus Line Stamping Fee Rate to Increase January 1

The surplus lines stamping fee rate in Texas will increase next year to 0.15 percent of the gross premium amount of surplus lines insurance polices, Insurance Journal reports.


Six Feet Under

An intriguing new study is warning about how global warming will increase flooding in U.S. coastal cities, Brian Palmer reports for


Illinois levees cited for possible Missouri flood risk

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is rebuking an Illinois levee district over “unauthorized alterations” the federal agency says make some communities on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River more prone to flooding.  The Associated Press reports via FOX KTVI-TV.


Taxi Owners’ Credit Union, Hurt by Uber, Seized by New York Regulator

Montauk Credit Union, a large provider of loans to taxi medallion owners, was seized on Friday by New York State’s top financial regulator, Reuters’ Jonathan Stempel reports via Insurance Journal.




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