Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, September 25

Sep 25, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

There are no Florida insurance-related events scheduled for today.

Daily Insurance-Related News


Florida insurance regulators approve 60,000 more Citizens Property Insurance policies for removal by private firms

Florida insurance regulators have announced the approval of another 60,000 policies for removal from the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp.


Citizens Property Insurance rate hike ruling coming Monday

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation is slated to make a decision on the rate request Monday.


Meetings focus on Citizens Property Insurance inspections

Executives with Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and the heads of three companies that conduct property inspections for Citizens are scheduled to meet next week with Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe and local government officials to discuss problems with windstorm insurance inspections.


State Representative Hits Citizens Property Insurance for Rushing Surplus Loan Proposal

A plan by Florida’s state-backed property insurer to loan private insurers millions of dollars in surplus in exchange for removing policies has not been properly vetted and is a sweetheart deal for a few insurers, a Florida official has charged.


Start of releases from Lake Okeechobee cause for concern on Treasure Coast

On the Treasure Coast, scores of businesses are connected to the water.


Aetna to withdraw lawsuit against City of Jacksonville

Aetna Life Insurance Co. plans to withdraw its lawsuit against the City of Jacksonville, an Aetna executive said Monday.


State Farm agent among new trustees to bring hope to Citrus County hospital dispute

A new day has dawned in the three-year dispute over control of Citrus Memorial Health System with the appointment Friday of three new members of the Citrus County Hospital Board.


State Representative Mike Horner resigns amid prostitution ring investigation

State Representative Mike Horner, R-Kissimmee, abruptly resigned his seat in the Florida House on Monday following reports that he was a client at a brothel.


2 early-voting court challenges are dismissed

A federal judge refused Monday to halt Florida’s plan to cut the number of early voting days from 14 days to eight days. It followed a ruling last week by an administrative hearing judge to dismiss another similar case.


Former GOP lawmaker hits out at Republican Party of Florida’s opposition of Supreme Court justices

Alex Villalobos, a former Republican state senator, told reporters Monday that members of the Republican Party of Florida’s executive committee made a mistake last week when they unanimously voted to oppose the retention of three Florida Supreme Court justices. He said the decision could politicize the judicial branch and do damage to its impartiality.


    Floridians who lost home to foreclosure to get claims notice

    Tens of thousands of Florida borrowers who have lost their home to foreclosure are about to get a packet in the mail that may mean they are eligible for a piece of the $25 billion national mortgage settlement.


    Blog:  Florida Senator Mike Fasano asks Governor Scott to ease funding restrictions on drug database

    As Florida’s fledgling prescription drug monitoring program faces a potential funding shortfall, the state senator who pushed for the database is now asking Governor Rick Scott to support ending restrictions that keep pharmaceutical companies from donating money.


    Brevard County wetlands proposal offers test of revised state growth management laws

    Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart in 1964 famously wrote of pornography, “I know it when I see it.”


    Supporters Having Second Thoughts About Florida State Revenue Limitation Amendment?

    Of the 11 amendments placed on the November 2012 ballot by the Sunshine State’s Republican-dominated Legislature, perhaps the strangest is the third: Almost no one seems willing to go on the record to defend it.


    Tax exemptions cost Florida governments billions

    The Raymond G. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is a glittering showcase that attracts high society to gala shows. It also brings the arts to the most needy of South Floridians, and even helps some of them chase their dreams.


    Florida Governor Rick Scott’s email in-box not for the timid

    Governor Rick Scott doesn’t have time to read all the email he gets, and it’s probably just as well.


    Consumer Federation of America:  Non-Driving Rating Factors Unfairly Weighted in Auto Quotes

    Rating factors that have little to do with an individual’s driving abilities appear to have considerable bearing on the price consumers pay for auto insurance, a report from Consumer Federation of America asserts.


    USA Today:  Trauma centers springing up as profits rise

    When Orange Park Medical Center won preliminary state approval in November 2011 to open the first new trauma center in northeast Florida in almost 30 years, its executives said the decision would save lives.




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