Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, January 16

Jan 16, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

    10:00 a.m.–Florida Board of Employee Leasing Companies Board meeting; Teleconference:  866-370-6525; participant code:  7489217568#.  To view the meeting notice, click here.  To view the agenda, click here.

    3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.–Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance meeting.  To view the agenda, click here.  To view the meeting packet, click here.

    • Discussion and testimony on Citizens Property Insurance Corporation
    • Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater


    Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


    U.S. Supreme Court sides with Florida man who said his boat was a home

    A few years back, a man in Riviera Beach bought a house made out of plywood and let it float on the water and local officials were not happy about that.


    State Representative Nelson eyes increase of Citizens’ Property Insurance rate cap

    Representative Bryan Nelson, R-Apopka, is zeroing in on raising the cap on annual increases of state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. rates by 3 percent.


    Blog:  Florida Congressmen Introduce Two Bills Seeking “Beach House Bailout”

    The R Street Institute, a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., today expressed strong opposition to the recent introduction of HR 240, the Homeowners Insurance Protection Act, and the pending reintroduction of the Homeowners Defense Act, both bills that it says would create a federal bailout fund for state catastrophe reinsurance programs.


    Brevard County forges ahead with unfunded post-Sandy dune repairs

    To fix Hurricane Sandy erosion this year, sand trucks have to beat mama turtles to the dunes.


    Florida Orders Three Companies to Stop Selling Insurance

    Two Florida companies and one based out of California have been order to stop selling insurance in Florida, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation announced Tuesday.


    Florida Agency for Health Care Administration announces awarding of long-term care Medicaid contracts

    Three companies stand out as major winners in Florida’s competition for contracts in the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Program for Long-Term Care, a market worth an estimated $3 billion, according to Health News Florida.


    State Representative John Wood wants more choices for consumers in health care

    The chair of the House Health Innovation Subcommittee wants more choices for consumers in the health insurance market.


    Jackson Health System, unions reach major agreement

    The Jackson Health System and its unions announced Tuesday a wide-ranging agreement that settled the hotly contested issue of emergency room staffing and resolved class-action grievances and a federal lawsuit sparked by the layoffs last spring.


    Public school officials tell Florida Senate panel many campuses exposed

    The Florida Senate is looking into improving security at Florida public schools after last month’s massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.


    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:  Florida Senator Oscar Braynon Files Docs vs. Glocks Repealer

    A 2011 law restricting how doctors can talk to patients about guns would be repealed under a bill filed Tuesday in the state Senate.


    Elections Supervisors:  Lines Shouldn’t Top 60 to 90 Minutes

    With some voters waiting in line up to seven hours to cast their ballots — in one Democratic-leaning county they were urged out by late weekend robocalls — county elections supervisors suggested that a 60- to 90-minute maximum wait-time could be more acceptable in the future.


    Florida Governor Rick Scott gets an earful from black lawmakers

    Near the beginning of a polite but frank sit-down between Governor Rick Scott and black state lawmakers, state Senator Arthenia Joyner cordially told the governor, “We differ on a lot of things.”


    Florida House panel considers transportation package

    Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad presented his agency’s legislative agenda to the House Transportation and Highway Safety Subcommittee on Tuesday, a package that includes increased economic incentives for commercial space projects and airports, as well as a reworking of expressway authority rules.


    Florida Senator Jack Latvala Not Ready to Impose 75-Word Ballot Cap on Legislators

    Proposals to give elections supervisors a little more flexibility on where early voting could be held, or if polls should be opened the day before a general election, got plenty of Senate support on Monday.


    Blog:  Florida Senator Jack Latvala versus Cannon on lobbying revolving doors

    A key component of the ethics package the Senate workshopped Tuesday takes aim at a common occurance in state politics:  The revolving-door that sees formerly powerful lawmakers return to the Capitol as high-priced lobbyists soon after leaving office.


    Water district has more questions for Adena Springs Ranch

    Florida water regulators want more information from Adena Springs Ranch as they continue to review the farm’s request to draw an annual average of 5.3 million gallons of water per day in the Fort McCoy area.


    Blog:  Allen West announces new Internet TV role with PJ Media

    Former Republican U.S. Representative Allen West will host an Internet TV program called “Next Generation Today” for conservative PJ Media.



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