Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, September 24

Sep 24, 2013


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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 meeting.  Consideration of 2013 Standards and Procedures and Report of Activities.  Teleconference:  (888) 670-3525; conference code 7135858151.  To view the meeting notice, click here.

    9:00 a.m.–Florida Cabinet meeting.  To view the complete agenda, click here.

    • Florida Department of Revenue
      • Request for publication of proposed amendments to Rule Chapter 12B-8, F.A.C. – Insurance Premium Tax (Rules 12B-8.0016, and 12B-8.003, F.A.C.) which reflect 2013 law changes, updated forms and removal of obsolete provisions
    • State Board of Administration
      • Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund Major Mandates Investment Performance Report as of March 31, 2013



    Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


    Broward County looks to defy Governor Scott on Obamacare

    Heavily Democratic Broward County is expected to join Pinellas County in resisting Republican Governor Rick Scott’s decision to bar Obamacare enrollment advisors from state health department facilities, Broward Bulldog’s William Hladky reports via the Miami Herald.


    Few Florida counties fund statewide prescription database

    Only eight of Florida’s 67 counties were represented in the $113,000 worth of government contributions in 2011-12 to operate the drug database, Tampa Tribune’s James Rosica reports.


    Darryl Rouson Ousted as Next Democratic Leader of the Florida House

    The Democratic minority in the Florida House met behind closed doors in Tallahassee on Monday night to oust Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, who was scheduled to become caucus leader after next year’s elections, from the leadership, Kevin Derby reports for


    Scott puts brakes on Common Core test, wants new search

    Gov. Rick Scott wants distance between Florida and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, The Florida Current’s James Call reports.


    Senate wants to define residency rules

    Senate leaders sketched out the rough parameters of a residency rule Monday: If you can keep a straight face when claiming you live there, you can run for office there, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


    Senate President:  Don’t waste time with hopeless bills

    Senate President Don Gaetz told committee chiefs not to waste time in the 2014 session on bills that don’t have a chance of passing, and to ride herd on executive agencies to make sure they are carrying out legislative intent of new laws, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


    First bill of 2014 clears committee

    The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee approved the first bill of the 2014 legislative session Monday, proposing earlier starts for future sessions in election years, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


    Legislators to consider expanded gambling in Florida

    The Florida Senate Gaming Committee has scheduled a series of hearings next month to travel to Jacksonville, Pensacola, Lakeland and Coconut Creek to hear from the public, as lawmakers embark on an ambitious rewrite of the state’s gambling laws, the Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports for Tampa Bay Times.


    2014 Should Bring More of the Same to the Florida Senate

    Florida’s gubernatorial election is set to win national attention next year, but the races for state Senate seats should see incumbents romping to victory, Jeff Henderson reports for


    Surplus Lines Took Hit from Sandy in 2012 But Appears Back on Track in 2013, A.M. Best Reports

    Surplus lines insurers in 2012 posted one of their worst years overall as their underwriting performance fell below that of the total property/casualty (P/C) industry for the first time in more than a decade, Andrea Wells reports.


    Alabama farms get disaster area status

    Heavy rainfall this growing season has wreaked havoc on the crops of Panhandle farmers, prompting the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday to declare 50 counties across Alabama as disaster areas, Kevin Robinson writes for Pensacola News-Journal.


    Garden State Guardian:  Q&A with New Jersey Insurance Commissioner Kobylowski

    About one year after Superstorm Sandy, National Underwriter’s contacted New Jersey Commissioner Kenneth E. Kobylowski to find out his thoughts on the state of insurance in the Garden State. 



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