Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, February 5

Feb 5, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

Florida’s “Operation Leaky Pipes” Leads to 12 Property Insurance Fraud Arrests

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater said an ongoing insurance fraud investigation uncovered a scheme between a licensed public adjuster and a plumber to coach homeowners on how to file fraudulent insurance claims for pre-existing or non-existent water damage, Insurance Journal reports.


Florida House Panel Backs Ban on Insurers Discriminating Against Gun Owners

Insurance companies could face tougher penalties if they impose higher rates, refuse to issue or cancel auto or homeowner policies due to gun ownership, under a measure backed by a House committee Tuesday, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via


Scott now urges Boehner to support flood insurance bill

In a shift from his former stance, Florida Governor Rick Scott urged House Speaker John Boehner to take up legislation to provide relief to Florida homeowners getting rocked by higher flood insurance rates, the Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports for “Naked Politics.”


Prescription drug database overhaul moving in Senate

The Senate Health Policy Committee approved changes to the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in the wake of concerns about patient privacy, despite objections from law enforcement officials that Senate Bill 7016 could weaken a tool intended to curb controlled substance abuses. THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog.


House Democrats slam Scott budget; Republicans supportive

House lawmakers got their first in-depth look at Governor Rick Scott’s $74.2 billion budget proposal Tuesday, and gubernatorial election-year politics played out, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


Developments of Regional Impact bill clears first Senate stop

A bill that would expand the list of counties where larger developments are excluded from a state review process passed its first committee stop Tuesday despite opposition from environmentalists, The Florida Current’s Bruce Ritchie reports.


Kathleen Peters Faces Major GOP Threat in Leo Govoni

After losing out to David Jolly, Kathleen Peters should not expect an easy 2014 as she turns to defending her Florida House seat, Jeff Henderson reports for


Gainesville-Based Private Flood Insurance Provider Steps Into Connecticut Market

The Flood Insurance Agency of Gainesville, Fla., is offering flood insurance policies in Connecticut, Stephen Singer reports for Insurance Journal.


Florida Home Insurer Universal Property & Casualty to Enter Indiana, Minnesota, Delaware

Florida-based Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Co. (UPCIC) has applied to expand into Indiana, Minnesota and Delaware, Insurance Journal reports.


Nan Rich Claims Lawton Chiles’ Legacy With Buddy MacKay’s Endorsement

Former Gov. Buddy MacKay, the last Democrat to hold that office, on Tuesday endorsed former Florida Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich, the “true Democrat,” for governor, Kevin Derby reports for


Federal Insurance Office chief tries to quell state v. federal regulator debate

The time has come to “move away” from the state versus federal debate over the best way to regulate insurance, the head of the Federal Insurance Office told a U.S. House panel on Tuesday, Mark Hofmann reports for Business Insurance.



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