Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Oct 21, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

  • 9:00 a.m.–Florida Surplus Lines Service Office Quarterly Board of Governors meeting.  Tallahassee, Florida.  To view the meeting notice, click here.
  • 9:00 a.m.–Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Public Rate Hearing:  National Council on Compensation Insurance (“NCCI”).  Tallahassee, Florida.  The NCCI has requested an overall average decrease in rate levels of 1.9% for the voluntary market for all new and renewal workers’ compensation insurance policies written in the State of Florida, effective January 1, 2016.   The filing also includes a decrease to the expense constant from $200 to $160 which, when combined with the rate level decrease, would result in an overall average premium decrease of 2.2%.  To view the hearing notice, click here.
  • 10:00 a.m.–Florida Board of Employee Leasing Companies meeting.  Teleconference:  (888) 670-3525; conference code:  2295006118.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Bill would allow conservation dollars to be used for flood control program

Florida Senator Jeff Brandes filed a bill Tuesday that would create a statewide flood mitigation and assistance program he says would be eligible to receive funding under a water and land conservation ballot measure approved in 2014.  Bruce Ritchie reports for


Splits emerge over Senate legal strategy over redistricting redraw

It’s no secret that the infighting within the Republican ranks in the Florida Senate has led to a bitter contest between Senators Joe Negron of Stuart and Jack Latvala of Clearwater over who will lead the Senate in 2016.  Mary Ellen Klas reports via “The Buzz” blog.


Charlie Crist Makes It Official and Runs for Congress

Former Governor Charlie Crist launched a bid for Congress on Tuesday, setting his eyes on a seat which is expected to contain much of Pinellas County, Kevin Derby reports for


Scott wants to hear tales of hospital price-gouging

Governor Rick Scott’s Halloween season call for scary price-gouging stories from hospitals brought a swift response Tuesday from the Florida Hospital Association.  The Palm Beach Post’s John Kennedy reports for the “Post on Politics” blog.


Senate still skeptical about Scott corporate cash demands

State senators still aren’t buying Governor Rick Scott’s argument that Florida’s business recruitment agency is running short of the cash needed to close corporate relocation deals.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via


State Makes Gains Against Fruit Flies in South Florida

Florida is on the way to eradicating the largest outbreak of Oriental fruit flies in the state’s history, an agriculture official told a Senate panel Tuesday.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Margie Menzel reports via


Scott slaps ex-Lieutenant Governor with ethics fine

On Tuesday, Florida Governor Scott signed an executive order requiring his former lieutenant governor to pay a fine of $1,000 to settle an ethics case.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet reports via “The Buzz” blog.


Florida led all states in adding construction jobs last month

Florida’s job creation may have slowed down in recent months with wages relatively stagnant, but it has bragging rights in at least one higher-paying industry, the Tampa Bay Times reports.


Massachusetts to Hold Public Hearings on Homeowners Insurance Marketing, Sales

Massachusetts state insurance officials are going on the road with a series of public hearings to explore how homeowners insurance is sold in the state, Insurance Journal reports.


Virginia Bureau of Insurance Announces 2 New Deputy Commissioners

The Virginia State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Insurance has appointed Rebecca Nichols as deputy commissioner of the Property and Casualty Division, Insurance Journal reports.


Climate Change Adds Billions to U.S. Hurricane Losses, Study Says

Climate change has added billions to the toll of hurricane strikes on the U.S., according to a study that challenges the prevailing scientific view that the rising cost is mainly because more buildings, towns and businesses are in the way.  Bloomberg’s Alex Nussbaum reports via Insurance Journal.




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