Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, March 12

Mar 12, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.–Florida Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Board of Governors meeting.  Teleconference:  888-942-8686; conference ID:  5743735657#.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Republican David Jolly Heads to Congress After Win Over Alex Sink

In what was billed as a bellwether for November, Republican David Jolly defeated Democratic rival former state CFO Alex Sink by nearly 2 percentage points in a special election Tuesday to win the seat held for decades by his former boss, the late U.S. Rep. Bill Young, Kevin Derby reports for


Trial lawyer-insurance company fight breaks out over homeowner rights bill

Legislation outlining homeowner rights regarding their property insurance and clamping down on the practice of denying claims due to credit reports passed through the House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee on Tuesday, but not before trial lawyers and contractors battled with insurance companies over another provision in the bill, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


Proposals banning insurance discrimination against gun owners moving in both chambers

Insurance companies could not deny coverage to customers on the basis of gun ownership, under a bill advancing rapidly in the Florida Legislature, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


Palm Beach County leads state in insurance customers barred by Citizens clearinghouse

More Palm Beach County residents are being shut out of state-run insurer Citizens than those of any other county in the early going for a new clearinghouse, company officials said Tuesday.  Charles Elmore reports for the Palm Beach Post.


Sea Level Rise Predictions Have Little Effect On Florida Real Estate

Sea level rise is one of the most pronounced effects of climate change. The latest projection from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has seas levels rising anywhere from 0.8 to 3.2 feet by the end of the century, WLRN National Public Radio reports.


Trauma center turf war revives in Tallahassee

A running fight in Florida’s Legislature over how many trauma centers are needed could lead to Orange Park Medical Center reopening a center the state closed last year, Steve Patterson reports for the Florida Times-Union.


Eric Eisnaugle Closer to Tallahassee Return After Big Primary Win

Former State Representative Eric Eisnaugle took a step closer to returning to Tallahassee Tuesday, winning the Republican primary in a special election for an open Florida House seat, Kevin Derby reports for

Governor Scott begins re-election race with personal advertisement

Governor Rick Scott’s re-election campaign is running its first political advertisement this week, featuring the governor talking about his humble roots and commitment to bringing job-generating new business to Florida, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


Proposed amendment to clarify Supreme Court picks can’t escape politics

A proposed amendment to the state constitution looking to clarify which governor can appoint a Florida Supreme Court justice to replace a justice whose term ends the same day as a new governor is appointed passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


Senate panel approves Charlotte’s Web marijuana

The Senate Health Care Policy Committee heard from some parents of children stricken with incurable seizures Tuesday and voted unanimously to permit prescription of a non-euphoric form of marijuana oil that might ease their affliction, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


Study To Review Texas Hurricane Protection Ideas

A new $4 million study will look at two ideas that have been proposed as ways to protect the Houston area from hurricane storm surges that could cause billions of dollars in damage and wreak havoc on the largest petrochemical complex in the country, Associated Press reports via the Insurance Journal.​




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