Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report — Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Nov 19, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


10:00 a.m.–Florida Workers’ Compensation Joint Underwriting Association Investment Committee meeting.  To view the agenda, click here.

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.–Florida Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Board of Governors meeting.  Teleconference:  888-942-8686; conference code: 5743735657#.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



    Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


    Barry Gilway:  Citizens Property Insurance will communicate better with policyholders

    Since its creation, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation has worked hard to balance its dual mission of providing quality insurance coverage to policyholders who do not have private market options while minimizing the financial risk to all Floridians who must pay up following a major storm or series of disasters, writes Citizens’ President and CEO Barry Gilway in this Tampa Bay Times editorial opinion.


    Column:  How to research Florida takeout insurance companies

    Sun-Sentinel columnist Mike Mayo says it’s better to be “cleared out” than “taken out” of Citizens Property Insurance.


    Florida Medicaid expansion not likely, legislative leaders say

    Barring a major shift among Republicans it remains unlikely that Florida will move ahead with an expansion of Medicaid, a key component of the Affordable Care Act.’s Christine Jordan Sexton reports.


    Florida House rejects elections returns for District 64

    Florida lawmakers voted Tuesday to throw out the results of the House District 64 election, creating a vacancy in that district.  Governor Rick Scott is expected to call a special election, reports Kathleen McGrory on the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog.


    Governor Scott taps Frank Collins, Kim McDougal, Brad Piepenbrink for Deputy Chiefs of Staff positions

    With the combative Florida gubernatorial race behind him, Governor Rick Scott promoted five key first-term staff members to new roles in his Executive Office,’s Peter Schorsch reports.


    New leaders Steve Crisafulli, Andy Gardiner vow to continue Legislature’s push to the right

    The Republican hegemony of the Florida Legislature continued Tuesday with the formal elections of the next leaders of the House and Senate, two like-minded Central Florida lawmakers who vowed to capitalize on the mandate given to them by voters, Michael Van Sickler and Mary Ellen Klas report for the Times Tampa Bay Times.


    Stakes Are Raised in Battle for Open Florida Senate Seat

    The stakes are being raised in Northeast Florida as candidates maneuver for position in the battle for an open Florida Senate seat.  A statewide Republican official waded into a competitive primary on Tuesday, while a new Democratic candidate has emerged to run, Kevin Derby reports for


    Florida Supreme Court asked to stop release of redistricting documents 

    A Gainesville political consultant is asking the Florida Supreme Court to halt its decision to force the release of 538 pages of redistricting documents, the Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


    As Washington prepares immigration battle, report details growth in Florida’s undocumented population

    A new report puts Florida’s undocumented immigrants at 925,000, and the state was one of seven in the country to see that population jump in recent years.  The Miami Herald’s Chris Adams reports on the “Naked Politics” blog.


    Report:  Global capital standards could harm P/C insurers, consumers 

    Applying international capital requirements to property/casualty insurers is likely to result in higher premiums and fewer choices for consumers, according to a report released by PCI and the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies.


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