Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Dec 7, 2016


About a Third of Insurance Claims From Florida’s 2016 Hurricanes Were Denied

Nearly one out of every three people who have put in a Damage Claim from the two Hurricanes that hit Florida this year won’t receive a nickel to cover the cost, State Data shows.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Jeremy Wallace reports.


Consumer Watchdogs Warn of Potential for Abuse in Home Energy Improvement Program

A Program enabling Homeowners to finance energy efficiency and storm hardening improvements through assessments on their tax bills is ripe for abuse by Predatory Contractors, several Consumer Watchdog Organizations are warning.  The Sun-Sentinel’s Ron Hurtibise reports.


House Freshmen Get Educated on How State Budgetary “Sausage” is Made

Florida House freshmen attended an introductory course to writing a State Budget Tuesday. They learned that the process gives them sweeping authority, but within the limits of fiscal reality.  Michael Moline reports for


Florida Supreme Court Rejects Rivera Appeal in Ethics Case

The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take up an Appeal by former State Lawmaker David Rivera in a Long-Running Ethics Case.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via


South Florida Leads Nation in New HIV Infections, CDC Says

The rate of New HIV Infections in South Florida spiked to more than three times the National Average in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Annual HIV Surveillance Report.  The Miami Herald’s Dan Chang reports.


Tallahassee Residency Case Becomes Statewide Issue

The City of Tallahassee has asked the Florida Supreme Court to overrule the DCA hold that Local Governments should have the final say on Residency.


State of Florida Debt Drops After Bonds Refinanced

State Debt declined by $1.6 billion during the past year, although the Head of the State Division of Bond Finance warned Thursday that Rising Interest Rates could present more Financial Challenges in the coming year.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Lloyd Dunkelberger reports via


400 Orange Trees Stolen From Florida Grove

Orlando Television Station WFTV reported Monday that Polk County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were investigating the disappearance of the trees from a grove in Frostproof, Florida sometime last week.  Insurance Journal carries the story.


Louisiana Citizens’ Policy Count to Drop Below 60K

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced that the Total Policy Count for the State’s Property Insurer of Last Resort is set to approach 54,500 with the most recent round of Depopulation, Insurance Journal reports.


Supreme Court Upholds Katrina Fraud Verdict Against State Farm

The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a Victory to two Whistleblower Sisters by upholding a Jury Verdict that found State Farm Defrauded the U.S. Government when the Insurance Company assessed damage caused by Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf of Mexico Coast in 2005.  Reuters’ Lawrence Hurley reports via Insurance Journal.




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