Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, April 13

Apr 13, 2011


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


Florida’s 2011 Regular Legislative Session

  • Click here for today’s Senate block calendar
  • Click here for today’s House of Representatives block calendar


9:15 a.m.–Senate Budget Subcommittee on Finance and Tax

  • CS/SB 1816 relating to Surplus Lines Insurance by the Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance; Senator Mike Fasano

9:15 a.m.–Senate Budget Subcommittee on General Government Appropriations

  • SB 1826 relating to Workers’ Compensation by Senator Alan Hays
  • CS/SB 1836 relating to Captive Insurers by the Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance; Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla

11:00 a.m.–Senate Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations

  • SB 510 relating to Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program by Senator Jack Latvala



Daily Insurance-Related News


Senate panel advances Personal Injury Protection bills on close votes

A pair of bills aimed at cracking down on the runaway fraud that has vexed automobile insurers in recent years moved through a key Senate panel Tuesday.


Auto insurance fraud bills advance in Florida Senate

Two bills designed to fight auto Insurance fraud made it through a Senate committee Tuesday, but not before facing criticism as handouts to insurers.


Florida Property Insurance:  No Laughing Matter

Citizens Property Insurance has so many critics that the government-sponsored insurer is the butt of jokes in the Florida Legislature.


Letter to the Editor:  Don’t subsidize coastal homeowners

Over the past year, the Sunshine State has been under a cloud of economic uncertainty. While there has been slight improvement in the economy, the unemployment rate is still at an unprecedented high and Florida taxpayers continue struggling to make ends meet.


Florida Agent Group Backs Last-Resort Insurer Reform

Florida’s insurance agents are among those within the industry looking to lawmakers to reform the insurance market in the Sunshine State during this year’s legislative session.


Florida’s Fraud Division Captures a “Most Wanted”

A Florida website launched less than two weeks ago is already helping capture insurance fraudsters.


Blog:  Department of Children and Families chief David Wilkins wins Senate committee confirmation

After asking why he left the comfort of a corporate job to enter the fire of one of the hardest jobs in state government, a Senate committee confirmed David Wilkins to be secretary to the Department of Children of Families.


Blog:  Opposition mounts against tax cap on commercial property

The proposed constitutional amendment to impose a 5 percent Save Our Homes-style tax cap on the increase in assessed valuation of commercial property came under a barrage of opposition in the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

Governor Rick Scott Pushes His Pension Reform Plan Ahead of Budget Talks

House, Senate reforms don’t cut as much; Scott gathers business support

Governor Rick Scott urged the Legislature Monday to scrap its plans for reforming Florida’s pension system for state workers in favor of his solution.


Governor Scott Says He’s Been Trying to Sell Solantic

It isn’t the conflict, he says, it’s the need to maintain focus

Governor Rick Scott said Tuesday that he’s been trying to sell his health clinic business since November, though he said the primary reason was that he doesn’t have time to focus on it, not because he’s concerned about any conflicts of interest.

Florida GOP raises $4.9 million in first quarter

After a big fundraising finish in 2010, the Republican Party of Florida’s donations dipped in the first quarter of 2011. But Republicans still pulled in significantly more cash than beleaguered Democrats.

Florida’s working women make thousands less than men, report says

Working women are paid $7,013 less a year than their male counterparts in Florida, according to a report released Monday by the National Partnership for Women & Families and the American Association of University Women.

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist is a big hit in first law lecture at Stetson

Charlie Crist tried on a new hat Tuesday, giving his first lecture at Stetson University College of Law, where students lined up to thank the former governor – and ask when he’d be back.


Mississippi Governor Barbour vetoes auto insurance requirement bill‎

Governor Haley Barbour has vetoed a bill the Legislature passed that would have required motorists to have auto insurance before they could get a car tag.

Michigan insurance boss to exit a year early

Michigan Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation Commissioner Ken Ross announced today that he will leave his position Friday, a year before his term was to end.


North Carolina Insurance Commissioner:  Rate Deregulation Bills Would Make Auto Rates ‘Skyrocket’

Insurance rate regulation bills being mulled by the North Carolina General Assembly are “all about corporate greed,” says Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin.



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