Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, November 7

Nov 7, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

There are no Florida insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Insurance-Related News

GOP loses Florida Senate supermajority

Senate President-designate Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, beamed with satisfaction Tuesday night as Republicans held on to a healthy majority in the Florida Senate. 


3 Supreme Court justices win new terms

Three embattled justices were given new six-year terms on the Florida Supreme Court in a hard-fought retention election Tuesday as voters resoundingly rejected a Republican-backed effort to remove them for “judicial activism” in some politically sensitive cases.


Florida Voters:  Yes to Homestead Exemptions; No to Judicial Reform, Spending Limitations

In a decisive rebuke to the constitutional agenda of the Republican-dominated Florida Legislature, voters have rejected all but three of the 11 amendments put before them on the general election ballot.


Age, race split voters in Florida

President Barack Obama drew heavy support from black, Hispanic and younger voters in Florida’s close presidential contest, while Republican challenger Mitt Romney led among both white and older voters, according to results of exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks.


Walter Dartland:  Program can ease the load on Citizens Property Insurance

There has been a very lively debate surrounding a proposed program from the state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp.


Opinion:  If Sandy proved anything, it’s that now is time for a catastrophe fund

Hurricane Sandy certainly earned the “Superstorm” moniker.


Florida Supreme Court red light camera issue:  Court to hear two red light camera cases

The Florida Supreme Court will hear two cases on the legality of fines collected from motorists caught by red light cameras before the Legislature passed a law authorizing their use.


Humana bets on Florida Medicare with $500 million deal

Humana Inc., Florida’s largest provider of Medicare private plans, continues to bet big on the government healthcare program for seniors by agreeing to buy the Boca Raton company that provides their medical services.


Insurer Humana to pay $850 million for Boca’s Metropolitan Healthworks

Insurance giant Humana said Monday it would pay $850 million for Metropolitan Health Networks Inc. of Boca Raton, a deal that underscores the insurer’s shift from simply paying for health care to providing medical services.


Stewart Re-Elected as Delaware Insurance Commissioner

Democrat Karen Weldin Stewart was re-elected to a second term as Delaware’s insurance commissioner on Tuesday, defeating Republican challenger Benjamin Mobley.


New federal flood-zone designations could mean insurance savings for some Indian River homeowners

Proposed new federal flood-zone maps may mean savings for homeowners in The Moorings, Falcon Trace, Citrus Springs and other subdivisions by no longer requiring flood coverage in their homeowners’ insurance policies.


Ruling Could Cost Georgia Firm $459 Million for Junk Faxes

The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled against a company accused of partnering with a Texas firm to send more than 300,000 junk faxes to metro Atlanta homes and businesses, meaning it could be liable for a $459 million penalty.



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