Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Jun 4, 2014


To go directly to the section of your choice, click on a hyperlink below.  Other hyperlinks to meeting information, bills and news are noted in bold type.




Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.–Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Claims Committee meeting;  Teleconference: (866) 361-7525; conference ID: 5219676193#.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



    Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

    Sunshine State Insurance’s liquidation approved

    A Leon County circuit court Tuesday approved a petition to liquidate Jacksonville-based Sunshine State Insurance Co. after the firm failed to boost its financial reserves, the Miami Herald’s Chabeli Herrera reports.


    Car-ride service UberX joins Lyft in Miami

    Two rival car-ride services are now operating in Miami, the Associated Press reports via the Tampa Tribune.


    Scott, Bondi, Weatherford and Gaetz:  No investigation needed of fake name used in redistricting map

    Was a crime committed when a redistricting map was filed using the allegedly stolen identity of an individual?  The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas continues her coverage of the redistricting trial on the “Naked Politics” blog.


    FSU search committee cancels John Thrasher interview

    A committee looking for a new president for Florida State University will now cast a net that extends beyond powerful state Sen. John Thrasher, the head of the panel announced late Tuesday.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog.


    Pam Bondi Doesn’t Retreat From Defending Traditional Marriage Law

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi made her case about why she is defending the state constitutional amendment which mandates only traditional marriage is recognized, Kevin Derby reports for


    Lizbeth Benacquisto Named to National GOP Legislative Position

    On Tuesday, Republican State Leadership Committee President Matt Walter announced that Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto will serve on the Executive Committee of the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee, Kevin Derby reports for


    Miami Democrats Want to Take the Fight to GOP House Members

    Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, the chairwoman of the Miami-Dade Democrats, is singing out of a different hymn book than most of her party’s leaders across Florida,’s Jeff Henderson reports.


    Lenny Curry Files to Run for Mayor of Jacksonville

    Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry filed his paperwork to run against Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown on Tuesday,’s Kevin Derby reports.


    Florida sentencing system faulted in new Pew study

    A nationwide study by Pew Charitable Trusts finds that Florida leads all states in so-called “max-outs,” the number of prison inmates who serve their full sentences and are released to the community with no supervision or support.  Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet reports via the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog.


    As Good as It’ll Get for the Industry?  U.S. Senate Panel Advances TRIA Extension

    The Senate Banking Committee reported to the floor legislation that would extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act for seven years, National Underwriter’s Arthur Postal reports for


    U.S. Senate OKs Capital Flexibility for Insurers Under Dodd-Frank

    U.S. regulators would gain flexibility in how they apply capital standards to insurance companies under a bill approved yesterday by the U.S. Senate, Bloomberg reports via Insurance Journal.


    Texas Windstorm Insurer’s Financial Outlook Improved as Hurricane Season Starts

    Low catastrophe activity and claims experience so far this year have helped to put Texas’ insurer of last resort for properties along the Gulf Coast in a better position to face the 2014 hurricane season than it has been in years, Stephanie Jones reports for Insurance Journal.


    Louisiana To Get Tougher on Uninsured Drivers

    A bill that would toughen penalties for motorists without vehicle insurance won final legislative approval Monday, the New Orleans Advocate reports.


    Texas Insurance Regulators Remind Roofers, Adjusters:  You Can’t Do Both

    The Texas Department of Insurance has issued a bulletin to insurance companies, insurance adjusters and roofers, reminding them that a roofing contractor who is also an insurance adjuster cannot perform both duties on the same property, Insurance Journal reports.



    Click here to follow Colodny Fass& Webb on Twitter (@CFTLAWcom)




    To unsubscribe from this newsletter, please send an e-mail to Brooke Ellis at