Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Jun 11, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


10:00 a.m.–Florida Workers’ Compensation Joint Underwriting Association Board of Governors meeting. To view the meeting notice, click here.



    Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


    Scott on hand as USAA opens new Tampa headquarters

    With Governor Rick Scott and several local officials on hand to cheer them on, USAA officials broke ground Tuesday on a 420,000 square-foot Tampa headquarters building at U.S. 301 and the Selmon Expressway, Tampa Tribune’s Yvette Hammett reports on the “Political Fix Florida” blog.


    Floridians Should Practice Personal Emergency Management, National Hurricane Survival Initiative Warns

    Florida households first should rely on personal emergency management as the best way to survive a hurricane with minimal losses.  Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Harold Bubil examines the top disaster mistakes that residents make, according to the National Hurricane Survival Initiative and Florida partners.


    Former Florida Congressman Tom Feeney:  Florida has the chance to transfer hurricane risk

    The rosy picture laid out recently about the status of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund isn’t quite so rosy, explains former Congressman and Florida House Speaker Tom Feeney via the Daytona Beach News-Journal.


    Florida Surplus Lines Service Office Advises on Flood Legislation, Other Bills

    The Florida Surplus Lines Service Office issued an update on 2014 legislative developments in the statewide surplus lines market.


    President Obama’s water bill signing boosts Everglades, seaports

    President Obama‘s signing of a big water-projects bill on Tuesday paved the way for federal spending on several Everglades restoration projects as well as dredging of Florida seaports, the Orlando Sentinel’s William Gibson reports.


    Battle lines intensify in Florida marijuana debate

    The battle over medical marijuana in Florida officially lit up Tuesday when a state sheriff’s association launched an “education” campaign to oppose it, two polls show the proposal remains widely popular,  and an out-of-state casino magnate cut a $2.5 million check bankrolling the opposition effort, the Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


    Crist raises $2 million in May:  $1.6 million in big checks, thousands in small sums

    Democrat Charlie Crist announced Tuesday he and his political committee raised more than $2 million in the month of May, bringing the campaign total to $12.6 million, the Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


    Jim Greer book:  Inside Charlie Crist’s inner circle

    Felon and former Florida GOP Chairman Jim Greer takes aim at Charlie Crist in a new book, accusing the former governor of betraying him and repeating long-held rumors about Crist’s private life, Orlando Sentinel’s Rene Stuzman reports.


    Cost of Florida Pre-Paid Tuition to Drop

    Florida’s prepaid tuition plan is going to get cheaper, the St. Augustine Record reports.


    Texas Moves Forward in Becoming an NCCI State

    In late March 2014, Texas Insurance Commissioner Julia Rathegeber approved a staff petition to adopt the National Council on Compensation Insurance Basic Manual, with Texas exceptions, and the national and Texas-specific endorsements and forms in the NCCI Forms Manual, Stephanie Jones reports for Insurance Journal.


    Washington Insurance Commissioner Disciplines Producers for Violations

    Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued fines to several insurance companies, agents and brokers who violated state insurance regulations during May, Insurance Journal reports.​




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