Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Aug 6, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

9:30 a.m.–Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (“OIR”) Rule Development Workshop; Tallahassee, Florida.

  • Rule 69O-137.001 would be amended to adopt the 2014 National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) Quarterly Statement Manuals, the 2013 NAIC Annual Statement Instructions Manuals, and the 2013 and 2014 NAIC Accounting Practices and Procedures Manuals.  To view the Workshop notice, click here.
  • Rule 69O-138.001 would be amended to adopt the 2013 and 2014 NAIC Financial Condition Examiners Handbooks.  To view the Workshop notice, click here.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Business owners ask Scott for more time to comment on climate rules

A coalition of 17 owners of Florida-based companies that specialize in solar energy on Tuesday urged Governor Rick Scott and the Public Service Commission to extend the public comment period on how the state will comply with the federal rules on limiting carbon pollution from power plants.  The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


FEMA’s Fugate to address University of Florida doctoral grads

Craig Fugate, the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will give the University of Florida doctoral degree ceremony commencement address at 4 p.m. Friday at the O’Connell Center, Jeff Schweers reports for the Gainesville Sun.


All Aboard Florida study finds minimal impact on homes near tracks

Because of federal requirements that seek to limit damage to communities that are disproportionately minority, poor or elderly, All Aboard Florida was forced to study how its plan to add 32 trains a day would affect the communities hugging Florida East Coast Railway’s steel spine from Boca Raton to West Palm Beach, explains KimberlyMiller in the Palm Beach Post.


Fourth judge overturns Florida same-sex marriage ban

A fourth judge in Florida has overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in a single county, the Associated Press reports via the Tampa Tribune.


Mum’s the Word for Staff as Redistricting Session Nears

Legislative staffers have been told not to discuss how new congressional districts are being crafted, as the House and Senate released schedules Tuesday for the upcoming special legislative session, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via


Special election is possible this year for revised congressional districts

Elections officials in the counties facing redrawn congressional districts concluded on Tuesday that, contrary to arguments of Republican legislators, the state could conduct special elections for a handful of districts this year – but winners would not be chosen until after November 4.  The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


University of Florida to say no to pot, even if marijuana amendment passes

The University of Florida is a massive research institution, but it has steered clear of work involving marijuana over legal concerns that it could cause the school’s federal funding to go up in smoke, Christopher Curry writes for the Gainesville Sun.


New Jersey Sierra Club:  Post-Sandy coastal rules encourage risky development

In the wake of one of the most destructive storms to ever hit New Jersey – and a brand new crop of hurricanes just around the corner – one would think Garden State lawmakers would be scrambling to strengthen the resiliency of a coastline that has seen repeated devastation over the last few years, the New Jersey Sierra Club writes in this Asbury Park Press editorial opinion.


Selzer is GOP candidate for Kansas insurance post

An accountant and industry executive has won the Republican nomination for Kansas insurance commissioner, the Associated Press reports.


Illinois Becomes Third State to Provide Online Access to Insurer Filings

The Illinois Department of Insurance is now providing online access for consumers to view insurance company records, Insurance Journal reports.


Shipyard workers show off the safety possibilities of bionic suits

New “Iron Man” suits could be one way to cut down on workers’ comp claims, National Underwriter’s Tim Sprinkle reports for



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