Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, June 22

Jun 22, 2011


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


There are no insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Insurance-Related News


Florida Governor Rick Scott dumps insurance rate website for consumers

Governor Rick Scott has dumped a website launched by Governor Charlie Crist in 2007 to help consumers comparison shop for property insurance.


These states are really lightning rods

Summer is not only hurricane season, but peak lightning season as well.


Column:  As hurricane season begins, batten down your wallets

The Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1, and once again the weather experts are forecasting a very active season, with more major storms than in a typical year.


State may start self-insuring government workers in HMOs

Looking at potentially tens of millions of dollars in savings, Florida lawmakers this week could move toward restructuring part of the health insurance program for state employees.


Governor Scott signs scores of bills into law

Governor Rick Scott on Tuesday signed 46 bills into law, including measures dealing with fertilizer, affordable housing and helping ex-felons get state professional licenses.


Governor Scott’s top advisor steps down amid ongoing shakeup

Mary Anne Carter turns in her resignation letter a day after Governor Rick Scott announces his chief of staff is leaving his job to become executive director of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.


Blog:  Governor Scott makes appointments to regional planning councils

Governor Rick Scott today announced nineteen reappointments and two appointments to eight regional planning councils throughout the state.


Florida economists look at oil spill revenue losses

State economists are trying to determine how much sales tax and other revenue Florida lost as a result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year.


Florida Innocence Commission Offers Recommendations for Police Lineups

A panel set up by the Florida Supreme Court to find ways to prevent wrongful convictions recommended new lineup standards for police Tuesday.


State will pay nearly $500,000 to end long-running contract dispute

The Department of Management Services has agreed to settle a lawsuit with a vendor by paying off two disputed monthly bills plus interest.


Official explains rollback of growth rules

Soon after taking over Florida’s growth management agency in January, Department of Community Affairs Secretary Billy Buzzett met here with Bradenton Senator Mike Bennett about abolishing many of the agency’s responsibilities.


Florida legislators on guest worker program:  Give locals dibs on hospitality jobs

Members of Congress serving Palm Beach County on Tuesday pressed employers in the local hospitality and country club industry to import fewer foreign workers and insisted that unemployed Americans can fill those positions.


Mortgage help reaches few Floridians

Most of the thousands of struggling Florida homeowners seeking mortgage assistance from the federal government’s Hardest Hit Fund have been rejected by the state’s version of the program, a new report shows.


Cities, counties losing tax money as phone and cable use declines

It’s one of myriad taxes and fees tacked onto monthly cable and phone bills.


Riley Named West Virginia Acting Insurance Commissioner

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced that Michael D. Riley will serve as acting state insurance commissioner effective July 1.


Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Chaney:  Insurance Pact Should Bring $16 million to Mississippi

A new agreement on surplus lines insurance means Mississippi should get about $16 million in tax revenue of which about $10 million will go into the state’s wind pool, according to Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney.


Alabama Governor Tackles Tornado Recovery, Home Insurance Options

Anyone with a suggestion or complaint about Alabama’s recovery from the deadly tornadoes in April should know that the buck stops with the governor.


State Farm Returns to Louisiana Regulators With 8.5 percent Homeowner Hike

State Farm has come back to the Louisiana Department of Insurance and has asked for an 8.5 percent average statewide homeowners’ insurance rate increase.


Mississippi property insurance rates leveling off, says commissioner

Property-insurance rates in Mississippi have leveled off for the time being, Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney told members of the Gulf Coast Business Club at a luncheon Tuesday.


Will new hurricane model raise your insurance rates?

The threat of hurricane damage has pushed home insurance rates sky high for many coastal residents.




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