Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, May 23
May 23, 2012
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There are no insurance-related events scheduled for today.
Following up on calls to raise premiums to match risk, Florida’s state-backed property insurer is taking a second look at wind mitigation incentives put in place a decade ago.
Possible damage to the vacation-rental and construction industries was front and center during a meeting of Middle Keys real estate agents in Marathon Monday.
A suburban Boynton Beach man was arrested Tuesday on charges that he fraudulently represented himself as an insurance claims adjuster, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
In declaring May, National Building Safety Month, President Obama has provided some much-needed momentum to bipartisan legislation pending in Congress that would incentivize states to adopt and enforce model building codes as a disaster mitigation strategy.
Hurricane season runs June 1-November 30, and for those on the Gulf Coast, this means it’s time to start preparing for what could be a very stressful time of the year.
St. Mary’s and Delray medical centers are asking the Palm Beach County Health Care District to triple to $16 million the amount of taxpayer support they receive to run the county’s trauma programs, even as rival HCA says it is prepared to launch a trauma program at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis with no public subsidy.
Leading urologists in Florida say they’re disappointed with a government panel’s advice against routine prostate-cancer screening.
The Florida Medical Association and two other doctors’ groups are in a legal fight with the state Board of Nursing about whether nurses should be able to sedate some patients.
Out of $334 million in cash payments sent to Florida in a multi-billion dollar mortgage settlement with major banks, about $33.4 million will go to help bolster the state’s budget.
As Florida scours its voter rolls in search of non-U.S. citizens, another form of purging continues: Stripping convicted felons of the ability to vote, including high numbers of Democrats and African-Americans.
The three Florida Supreme Court justices seeking to hold onto their seats hit a bump in the road in Hillsborough County last weekend.
From Governor Rick Scott to members of obscure local boards, thousands of elected officers and appointed government managers across Florida are receiving their annual financial-disclosure reporting forms.
Future House Speaker Chris Dorworth is facing a primary run-off against John Moffitt, the treasurer of the Republican Party of Seminole County.
In their quest to regain relevance in the Florida legislature, Democrats are zeroing in on a newly drawn Palm Beach-Broward Senate district where a pair of incumbent Senators — Republican Ellyn Bogdanoff and Democrat Maria Sachs — appear headed for an expensive clash.
Florida colleges, universities and other institutions are being asked to hold back a portion of their money for construction projects to avoid a deficit in the trust fund that helps finance them.
A recent court case was thought to clarify the state’s slot machine laws, but differing interpretations from state officials and pari-mutuel owners could lead to more lawsuits, not less.
For someone who enjoyed the spotlight as much as former congresswoman Katherine Harris seemed to, she’s been remarkably low-key of late – that is, if you don’t count that palatial waterfront mansion she’s constructing in Florida.
Senator David Vitter, R.-Louisiana, today introduced a five-year National Flood Insurance Program extension in the form of an amendment to bipartisan drug legislation.
The lack of competition and exorbitant rate charges point to a need for strong regulation of force-placed insurance programs, say consumer advocates in New York.
A North Texas couple have been sentenced to prison for their part in a conspiracy to defraud the city of Garland, Texas, of nearly $2 million by filing fraudulent damage claims against the municipality.
Can you imagine a world where there are no traffic accidents? What would such a world mean to the hundreds of personal lines insurance carriers that offer personal auto coverage?
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