Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, September 4

Sep 4, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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



Daily Insurance-Related News


90,000 Citizens Property Insurance reports for property-insurance discounts rejected

Forget a few isolated cases.


Florida Senator Fasano calls for Cabinet hearing on Citizens Property Insurance travel spending

Senator Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, sent letters to Governor Rick Scott and three Cabinet members Friday, urging them to hold a public hearing to address excessive travel spending by Citizens Property Insurance Corp. officials.


200 Florida homes still underwater from Tropical Storm Debby   

Tropical Storm Isaac, residents in Lake City are struggling to recover after Tropical Storm Debby.


Isaac’s flooding lessons could cost South Florida too much to fix

Flooded homes, swamped streets, closed schools … and that’s what happens when South Florida’s flood-control system supposedly works.


Fortunately for homeowners without flood insurance, little water damage

Despite widespread flooding in western Palm Beach County during Tropical Storm Isaac, a relatively small number of homes sustained water damage – which is fortunate, because few homes in the hardest-hit areas are insured for flood losses.


Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Phone Threats to Insurer’s Employees

A 49-year-old Florida man pleaded guilty Friday to making hundreds of threatening calls to employees at the Travelers Insurance Co.


Florida Department of Health tests 3,000 for Tuberculosis

Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong said Friday that state’s Department of Health has launched a three-pronged attack to control a tuberculosis outbreak.


Florida bankers spread the word about a new IRS rule

Bankers are fighting the regulation that requires them to report interest information on accounts held by non-resident foreign depositors

The Florida International Bankers Association has a two-fold strategy to address new banking disclosure regulations that it says could spook foreign depositors and hurt Miami’s reputation as a hemispheric banking center.


Blog:  Florida newspaper chain will stop candidate endorsements

Halifax Media Group, which has quickly become a major newspaper chain in Florida, will no longer make candidate endorsements, according to The Ledger of Lakeland.


U.S. Senate Candidate Todd Akin using images of former Florida Governor Charlie Crist in attempt to revive campaign

The beleaguered Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin is referencing former Florida Governor Charlie Crist in an effort to revive his campaign.


Blog:  Mack Bernard files lawsuit to overturn Jeff Clemens win in Senate District 27

Senate District 27 Democratic candidate Mack Bernard on Friday filed suit in circuit court to force Palm Beach County election officials to count 48 discarded absentee and provisional ballots as he attempts to reverse his 17-vote primary loss to challenger Jeff Clemens, reports Michael Peltier of the News Service of Florida.


Opinion:  All 11 amendments are a bad bet

Attention Florida voters:  Just say “No” to all 11 constitutional amendments on the November ballot.


Gentility marks Keys state house representative race

If mud-slinging and dogmatic diatribes are your cup of tea, then the campaigns of the two candidates seeking to represent the Keys and south Miami-Dade in the Florida House of Representatives won’t hold much interest.


THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:  Dean Cannon, Mike Haridopolos bid adieu

Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon is marking his calendar for another reason.


U.S. Supreme Court to Review State v. Federal Class-Action Case Involving Insurer

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider the constitutionality of a legal tactic that can make it harder for companies to defend against class-action lawsuits, in a case it will review in the term that starts on October 1.


Windstorm insurance forum set for Wednesday in Corpus Christi

Insurance experts, lawmakers, local leaders and county officials from around the Coastal Bend will meet Wednesday in a public forum hosted by the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce.


California Lawmakers Approve Workers’ Compensation Overhaul

The state Legislature approved a reform bill for California’s $17-billion workers’ compensation insurance system, one that promises to hike benefits for injured workers and cut costs for employers, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.



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