Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, June 6

Jun 6, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


(CANCELED) 11:00 a.m.–Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (“Citizens”) Consumer Services Committee meeting.  Teleconference:  (866) 361-7525; participant code:  6487811620#.  To view the meeting notice, click here.

(CANCELED) 4:00 p.m.–Citizens Finance and Investment Committee meeting;  Teleconference:  (866) 361-7525; participant code:  2478401990#.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



    Daily Insurance-Related News


    Blog:  Twenty-five state lawmakers back move for higher Citizens Property Insurance rates‎

    Twenty-five Republican state lawmakers issued a letter today saying they support efforts by Citizens Property Insurance to raise the rates for the state-backed insurer.


    State insurer promoting rate increases

    The head of Citizens Property Insurance Corporation is touring Florida, telling customers to brace for higher rates.


    Blog:  Does Florida Governor Rick Scott Support the ‘Beach House Bailout?’

    Much of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s tenure in office has been consumed with confronting the mistakes his predecessor made in the property insurance market.


    Storm Of Money:  Hurricanes, Insurance And The Secret Black Boxes

    Some things are certain:  As the earth spins, air moves swiftly around the equator, creating the trade winds.


    Lack of major storms may leave communities too lax

    The last time South Florida was really slammed by a major storm was October 2005.

    $80 million more added to Chinese drywall settlement

    An $80 million settlement between thousands of homeowners and the builders, suppliers and installers who constructed their homes with Chinese drywall will feed into a $1 billion global settlement, aimed at fixing homes built with the defective product.


    Assisted Living Facility panel begins negotiations on tougher regulations

    Industry representatives said they fear the costs associated with the increased regulation could force many of the nearly 3,000 assisted living facilities to close their doors.


    Governor Rick Scott requests review of 3 justices’ actions

    Three veteran Florida Supreme Court justices could possibly face a criminal investigation and legal action over the handling of their campaigns to remain on the bench.


    Blog:  Florida Governor Rick Scott looks ready for showdown with Department of Justice over voter purge

    Governor Rick Scott’s administration is positioning itself for a showdown with the U.S. Department of Justice for demanding that Florida cease searching for and purging noncitizen voters.


    Construction firm sues to block law barring contracts with companies tied to Cuba

    The Coral Gables-based subsidiary of Odebrecht Construction says it “does not conduct, and never has conducted, business operations in Cuba,” but another “remote and distant” branch of the same Brazilian conglomerate is involved in the expansion of Cuba’s Port of Mariel, which would bar the company from competing for billions in government contracts.


    Blog:  Florida Senator Jack Latvala plans to file in District 20 today

    Republican State Senator Jack Latvala is telling SaintPetersblog that he’ll file today to run for Senate District 20.


    Bradenton Attorney Bill Galvano qualifies for state Senate

    Bradenton attorney Bill Galvano, a Republican, officially qualified to run for the state Senate on Tuesday.


    Jacksonville Attorney Wyman Duggan drops bid for Florida Senate

    Jacksonville attorney Wyman Duggan is dropping his bid for a state Senate seat in a district that includes all of Nassau County and part of Duval County.


    Florida Polytechnic board nets more than 80 applicants

    As state education officials rush to build Florida Polytechnic University almost from scratch, about 80 people are vying for a chance to oversee the process.


    Wetlands expert cleared by investigation, returns to Department of Environmental Protection

    A Department of Environmental Protection wetlands expert who last month was placed on paid administrative leave after issuing a memo objecting to a permit returned to work on Tuesday after being cleared in an investigation by the department’s inspector general.


    Blog:  Rick Knabb takes over as hurricane center director

    The new director of the National Hurricane Center has a message for residents:  Don’t assume Florida’s good fortune, six years without a hurricane strike, will continue.


    State Farm Outpaces Other Property and Casualty Insurers in 2011 Lobbying Expenditures

    State Farm Mutual Insurance Co. spent more on lobbying than any other property and casualty insurance company in 2011, according to data released today by SNL Financial.



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