Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, July 24

Jul 24, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


10:00 a.m.–Florida Board of Employee Leasing Companies Board meeting.  Teleconference: 888-670-3525; conference code: 7489217568#.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Florida Supreme Court Rules Replacement Cost Includes Contractor’s Profit

Florida’s high court has ruled that insurers under a 2008 law must pay a contractor’s overhead and profit as part of the expense of repairing a homeowner’s property despite the fact the repairs may not have been made, Michael Adams reports for Insurance Journal.


Florida Guaranty Funds Especially Hard-Hit Thanks to 2011 Insolvencies

Seven non-life insurance companies became insolvent in the second quarter of 2013–two more than the total number of liquidations in 2012, shows a report by the National Conference of Insurance Guaranty Funds, Ana Khalamayzer reports for National Underwriter’s


Why are your home insurance rates going up?

If you own your home in Florida, you know that paying your homeowner’s insurance can be painful.  Here’s why, explains NBC-TV2 reporter Dave Elias.

Brightway Insurance Opens in Tampa

Brightway Insurance, a leading national independent insurance retailer, recently opened its newest franchise store in Tampa, Florida, the company announced in a news release today.


Florida’s General Revenue Budget To Get Bump Next Year

Florida lawmakers will have nearly $1.6 billion in additional general revenue available when they craft a 2014-15 budget, according to estimates released this week, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports in


Capitol Stand Your Ground protestors to hold mock legislative session; file paperwork to solicit contributions

The Dream Defenders filed paperwork Tuesday enabling the Capitol protesters to receive charitable contributions, The Florida Current’s James Call reports.



Rick Scott says he will spend $25 million in early 2014 to define his opponent (read: Charlie Crist)

On the day before Charlie Crist’s birthday, his looming opponent, Governor Rick Scott, has a not-so-nice warning for him if Crist chooses to run for Governor in 2014, Peter Schorsch reports in


Democratic Battleground Emerges for South Florida Open House Seat

With Rep. Joe Gibbons, D-Pembroke Park, facing term limits in 2014, three Democratic candidates are already running hard to replace him in the Florida House. Gibbons, who is now running for the Broward County Commission, represents parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties, Kevin Derby reports for

Brad Drake Seeking to Return to Florida House

After stepping aside for House Speaker Pro Tempore Marti Coley, R-Marianna, in 2012, former Rep. Brad Drake is looking to return to the Florida House to represent all of Holmes, Jackson, Walton and Washington counties and parts of Bay County, Kevin Derby reports for


University report says Florida economy to grow faster but won’t take off

Florida’s economy is projected to get a lift in 2014, but the high growth experienced before the Great Recession will remain out of reach, according a report from a renowned UCF economist, Gray Rohrer reports for The Florida Current.


Colorado Names Former U.S. Health and Human Services Regional Director as Insurance Commissioner

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has appointed Marguerite Salazar as the state’s next insurance commissioner, effective August 19, National Underwriter’s reports.



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