Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, August 7

Aug 7, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


9:00 a.m.–Executive Office of the Governor public meeting.  Tallahassee, Florida.  Citizens Inspector General candidate interviews.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Florida Cabinet approves controversial law on Obamacare

Gov. Rick Scott and the three-member Florida Cabinet have signed off on a controversial new disclosure form that critics say is intended to poison Floridians against the federal healthcare law, Tia Mitchell reports for The Miami Herald.


Florida KidCare touts enrollment growth

Florida’s subsidized healthcare program for children has boosted enrollment by 50 percent to 2.1 million in six years. However, Florida still remains No. 3 among states with the highest percentage of uninsured kids, James Call reports for The Florida Current.


Universal Insurance CFO resigns, Wilcox promoted

Universal Insurance Holdings, the largest private home insurance company in Florida, promoted Frank Wilcox to CFO and principal accounting officer following the resignation of George De Heer, Brian Bandell reports for South Florida Business Journal.


Florida economists boost revenue estimate for next year

Florida economists Tuesday increased their projection for general revenue collections during the 2014-2015 fiscal year by $62.5 million for a total of $28.9 billion, Gray Rohrer reports for The Florida Current.


Fasano appointment gets him out of Scott’s way

The appointment of Mike Fasano as Pasco County tax collector removes from the state Legislature a populist maverick who occasionally has been a thorn in the side of his party’s legislative leaders and of the man who made the appointment, Gov. Rick Scott, writes William March for Tampa Tribune.


Turnover at the top presents challenge for Scott administration

Following two weeks in which his social services chief and education commissioner resigned, Gov. Rick Scott defended himself Tuesday against sharpening attacks from Democrats over his leadership, writes John Kennedy for the Palm Beach Post.


FBI arrests 2 South Florida mayors

The FBI arrested two South Florida mayors Tuesday morning on bribery-related charges, the Associated Press reports via Tampa Tribune.


More than 1/4 of Floridians speak other languages

More than 1 out of 4 Floridians speak a language other than English in their homes with Spanish being the most common, according to new Census Bureau figures released Tueday, the Associated Press’ Mike Schneider reports via Tampa Tribune. 


Florida lawsuit claiming Coffee Pot Bayou land raises questions of timing

For more than a century, owners bought and sold the St. Petersburg property in accordance with local laws. Now the state says the Coffee Pot Bayou property belongs to them, and has since 1845, writes Peter Schorsch of


Richard DeNapoli Makes Moves, Gets Support in House District 74 Race

As suddenly as he jumped into a new county in a new district, Richard DeNapoli hopped into the race to replace Rep. Doug Holder in Florida House District 74 Monday, and he’s already making waves and gaining support from GOP representatives across the state, Allison Nielsen reports for


Fitch Ratings says Asia reinsurance market has huge growth potential

Fitch Ratings Ltd. said Asia’s reinsurance market has considerable growth prospects as underscored by the strong development of insurance and robust growth in the region, Stock Market Wire reported.

Some in Industry Question Washington Supreme Court Ruling Making Insurers Liable for Agents’ Actions

The Washington state Supreme Court handed down an August 1, 2013 ruling that will make insurers liable for illegal activities of their agents, A.M. Best’s BestWire reports via



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