Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, January 11

Jan 11, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


Florida’s 2011 Regular Legislative Session

  • Click here for today’s Senate block calendar
  • Click here for today’s House of Representatives block calendar


8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.–House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee meeting.  To view the meeting packet, click here.

  • Consideration of the following bills:
    • HB 725 relating to Insurance Agents and Adjusters by State Representative Bill Hager
    • HB 1053 relating to Long-Term Care Insurance by State Representative Larry Metz
    • HB 4149 relating to Preferred Worker Program by State Representative Jim Boyd
    • PCS for HB 119 relating to Motor Vehicle Personal Injury Protection Insurance by State Representative Jim Boyd



Daily Insurance-Related News


Governor touts Personal Injury Protection changes in his Second State of the State address

Although the House and Senate appear worlds apart, Florida Governor Rick Scott urged lawmakers in his State of the State address Tuesday to tackle personal injury protection and make the rates more affordable for Florida motorists.


$3 million grant fixes flooding in a West Palm Beach community

The L2 canal in the Westgate Community of West Palm Beach butts up against the Lakeside Mobile Home community.


Daytona’s Brown & Brown closes on biggest acquisition

Brown & Brown Inc. has completed its biggest acquisition ever — the $395 million purchase of San Diego-based Arrowhead General Insurance Agency.


Employee Leasing Sells to Fellow Professional Employee Organization

Workforce Business Solutions Inc. has acquired the Florida and California assets of Bradenton-based Employee Leasing Solutions for an undisclosed sum.


Florida Senate passes two claims bills on first day of session

On the first day of the 2012 legislative session, the Florida Senate quickly passed two claims bills Tuesday, trying to complete unfinished business from last year.


Florida Governor Rick Scott, legislative leaders lay out budget priorities at start of session

In his State of the State address, Governor Rick Scott makes that clear his goal to add $1 billion in funding for education is a priority.


Millions flow into party accounts before session 

Florida Republicans and Democrats took in millions in the last three months of the year, as companies involved in a contentious fight over casinos in the Sunshine State poured tens of thousands into party campaign accounts.


Blog:  Florida Democrats raise $1.8 million

Some of the same interests that fueled the Republican Party of Florida’s $7.5 million fund-raising haul helped state Democrats, just in much smaller numbers to the minority party among state lawmakers.


Column:  Florida Senator Mike Fasano —  No more blank checks for Florida utilities

In 2006, the Florida Legislature passed a bill that included a provision allowing investor-owned utilities such as Progress Energy to charge ratepayers for construction costs for new nuclear plants before the plant is built and delivering power.


Blog:  Occupy group can’t occupy the Florida House and Senate gallery

Citing noise and chanting earlier in the day, the Senate Sergeant at Arms on Tuesday denied Senate viewing gallery access to a group loosely defined as Occupy Tallahassee.


Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety Report Evaluates Building Codes in 18 Coastal States

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety released a report that provides an analysis of residential building codes in the 18 hurricane-prone coastal states along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast.


Connecticut Law Nixing Legitimate Malpractice Lawsuits

After losing a baby because of an incompetent cervix, Patricia Votre thought she was well prepared when she got pregnant again.


Vermont Reports 41 New Captives in 2011

Vermont increased its number of captive insurance groups in 2011 from the two previous years as the state continues to see growth in that industry, capturing six captives that were domiciled elsewhere.




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