Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, May 15
May 15, 2013
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Tea Party founder advances to the June 11 general election
State Farm agent Mike Hill, also the founder of the Northwest Florida Tea Party, handily won the six-candidate Republican primary for the state House District 2 seat on Tuesday, defeating an establishment candidate with a long public service record who had the backing of nearly all of Pensacola’s political power brokers, reports Pensacola News-Journal’s Nate Monroe.
In a victory for public adjusters, Florida lawmakers repealed a 10 percent cap on fees paid to public adjusters who handle claims from Citizens Property Insurance, Insurance Journal’s Michael Adams reports.
A wait-and-see attitude is shared by Florida lawmakers who hope to push bigger reforms on Citizens Property Insurance Corporation; private insurers who think their companies can offer policyholders a better deal; and some industry observers who fear new start-ups may be even more vulnerable in the event of a big storm than Florida’s insurer of last resort, reports Daytona Beach News-Journal’s Chris Graham.
The firing of four members of Citizens Property Insurance Corp.‘s Office of Corporate Integrity last fall was not retaliatory, according to the final report issued Monday by Gov. Rick Scott‘s chief inspector general investigating the incident, reports Maria Mallory White for the Sun-Sentinel.
After a sinkhole was found under a New Port Richey home, a contractor started pumping so much grout under a house to stabilize it, that the house started cracking, reports Eric Glasser for WTSP-TV in Tampa.
Sinkhole repair company officials were guest speakers at a recent luncheon on sinkholes at the Greater Seffner Chamber of Commerce, Yvette Hammett reports for the Tampa Tribune.
The federal government’s push Tuesday to have states lower the threshold for when a driver is presumed to be drunk made things a little easier for Rep. Irv Slosberg, the ranking Democrat on the state House’s transportation committee, reports Ana Valdes for the Palm Beach Post.
In the latest round in a two-year legal battle, a state appeals court Tuesday heard arguments in a dispute that stems from the Florida Department of Health allowing three hospitals to operate trauma centers, reports Jim Saunders of THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA in SaintPetersBlog.com.
Twenty-five South Florida arrests were made Tuesday out of 90 nationwide for alleged Medicare fraud, including an actor and cable station operator in the hotbed of U.S. health care scams, The Miami Herald’s Jay Weaver reports.
For weeks, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson has been saying he has no intention of running for governor, blogs Scott Powers for the Orlando Sentinel.
As the clock ticks down for Governor Rick Scott to sign the budget for the coming year, he will be flying to Santiago, Chile, as the head of an Enterprise Florida trade mission, reports Peter Schorsch of SaintPetersBlog.com.
Rick Scott has yet to file for a second term for governor, but he’s already drawn a primary opponent — Elizabeth Cuevas Neunder, founder and CEO of the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commence of Florida, and a longtime Republican activist and candidate from Sarasota, SunshineStateNews.com’s Jeff Henderson reports.
Orange County Commissioner Fred Brummer said Tuesday that he would not run again next year for the House seat currently held by State Representative Bryan Nelson, reports Peter Schorsch of SaintPetersBlog.com.
With the 2013 legislative session wrapping up earlier in the month, Republicans are pushing ahead to find a candidate who can defeat freshman Rep. Karen Castor Dentel, D-Maitland, next year — and it appears they’ve found their man, SunshineStateNews.com’s Jeff Henderson reports.
The American Association of Managing General Agents says it plans to open membership to the entire wholesale insurance community and is changing the association’s name for the fourth time in its history, reports Mark Ruquet for PropertyCasualty360.com.
HB 1320 was inked by Gov. Mike Pence over the weekend, reports Chad Hemenway for PropertyCasualty360.com. The law imposes a fee schedule with a maximum reimbursement rate of 200 percent of the Medicare rate for treatments and procedures to workers’ compensation claimants by medical service providers.
The hurricane season is almost here and Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is inviting the public to attend the 12th Annual Hurricane Preparedness Expo on June 15, Insurance Journal reports.
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