Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Feb 3, 2016


Florida begins search for new Insurance Commissioner

Insurance Journal reports the search is on for the next Florida Insurance Commissioner – the first one to be appointed to the office since current Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty took office in 2003.  


Florida Approves 66,500 Policies from Citizens for April Take-Outs

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has approved the removal of up to 65,000 personal residential policies and 1,500 commercial residential polices from Citizens Property Insurance, Insurance Journal reports.


Senator Tom Lee faults Governor Rick Scott’s budget

You can add the influential voice of Senate Appropriations Chairman Tom Lee, R-Brandon, to the list of Republicans howling about Governor Rick Scott’s budget — and its heavy reliance on higher property tax bills.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet reports via “The Buzz” blog.


Senate panel wants voters to choose top Florida officials

Some legislators want Florida voters to choose the state’s education commissioner and top voting official, the Associated Press reports via the Tampa Tribune.


Guardianship reform bill advances in Florida Senate

The Florida Senate took a step Tuesday toward passing the state’s first regulation of court-appointed professional guardians of senior citizens and other incapacitated adults amid growing complaints of widespread abuse.  John Pacenti reports for the Palm Beach Post.


Mayfield’s bill to regulate vacation rentals dies in House

A bill to toughen registration requirements for vacation rentals sponsored by State Representative Debbie Mayfield was defeated in the Florida House.  Isadora Rangel reports for TCPalm.


 House nears passage of bill aimed at “sanctuary cities”

The House teed-up for final passage Tuesday legislation banning so-called “sanctuary cities,” or those that have policies limiting enforcement of immigration procedures.  Politico Florida’s Matt Dixon reports.


 New York Governor Announces 3 Appointments to Department of Financial Services

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced three appointments to the state Department of Financial Services, Insurance Journal reports.


 Cost Drops for Sinkhole Coverage Through Missouri FAIR Plan

Premiums for sinkhole insurance through the Missouri Property Insurance Placement Facility, also known as the FAIR Plan, are decreasing, Insurance Journal reports.




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