Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Nov 6, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Senator Simmons takes aim at out-of-state Citizens customers

Florida Senator David Simmons, chairman of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, wants customers of state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. who don’t live in Florida to pay rates on par with those of private companies, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


Florida Lawmakers look at scrapping no-fault system despite favorable court ruling

Florida lawmakers next year will once again consider moving from a no-fault auto insurance system to a system in which only the insurer of an at-fault driver pays for medical costs resulting from an accident, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


Burgess back as insurance consumer advocate

After serving two earlier stints in the job, Steve Burgess was named Tuesday as Florida’s insurance consumer advocate, Matt Dixon cites THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA for the Florida Times-Union.


USAA to Hire Up to 1,215 New Employees in Hillsborough County, Florida

Florida state officials announced Tuesday that United Services Automobile Association (USAA) will expand its presence in Hillsborough County, creating up to 1,215 new jobs and $164.3 million in capital investment by 2019, Insurance Journal reports.


Florida’s largest private property insurer sees income jump

Universal Insurance Holdings, the owner of Florida’s largest private property insurer, had its most profitable third quarter ever, Brian Bandell reports for South Florida Business Journal.


WLRN Special Report:  Sea-Level Rise In South Florida

When it comes to climate change, one thing is certain: our oceans are rising. And South Florida is expected to be among the first regions on Earth to experience the impact.  In fact, some initial preparations are already underway, WLRN’s Daniel Hicks reports.


Florida Approves NCCI’s Revised Filing for 0.7% Workers’ Comp Rate Increase

Florida’s Office of Insurance Regulation recently issued a final order approving the rate increase of 0.7 percent for workers’ compensation rates in Florida, Insurance Journal reports.


Matt Gaetz files bill banning discrimination by insurers over guns

State Rep. Matt Gaetz called for a ban preventing property and auto insurers from refusing to renew of issue policies based on legal ownership of firearms, Peter Schorsch of reports.


Florida TaxWatch to recommend savings for 2014 legislative session

Florida TaxWatch, a bipartisan watchdog of state tax policy, will release its annual list of cost savings suggestions for the 2014 Legislative Session today, Phil Ammann reports for


Florida Senate panel approves Lake Okeechobee recommendations

A Senate select committee on Tuesday unanimously adopted recommendations to reduce water flowing from Lake Okeechobee and smothering east and west coast estuaries after speakers and senators praised the panel’s speedy work, The Florida Current’s Bruce Ritchie reports.


Blog:  Florida Secretary of State continues to push voter purge by a different name

Florida’s Secretary of State doesn’t call his plan to remove ineligible voters from the rolls a “purge” or “scrub.” “List management” is Ken Detzner’s preferred terminology, Tampa Bay Times’ Tia Mitchell reports via the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog.


Questions and answers with Wells Fargo’s new Florida president

Wells Fargo Bank promoted North Florida Regional President Scott Coble to regional president for the entire state, the South Florida Business Journal’s Brian Bandell reports.


Leaked Climate Report:  Warming Likely to Make Bad Things Worse

Many of the ills of the modern world – starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease – are likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts.  Seth Borenstein reports for Insurance Journal.




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