Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, October 30

Oct 30, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Flood insurance relief bill introduced with Florida lawmakers’ support

After weeks of scrambling to come up with a proposal to remedy soaring flood insurance rates, lawmakers formally introduced one Tuesday and quickly worked to build broad bipartisan support, casting the increases as a threat to middle-class families, Tampa Bay Times’ Alex Leary reports.


Blog:  Atwater wants answers on why property insurance premiums aren’t dropping

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is asking for state insurance regulators to explain why property insurance companies don’t seem to be passing along their cost savings to consumers, Mary Ellen Klas reports on the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog.


Doctors say insurance companies are significant drain

A Florida Medical Association survey finds administrative demands on a physician’s time has reached a critical point, The Florida Current’s James Call reports.


Blog:  Alex Sink announces she’s running for Bill Young’s seat

Alex Sink is running for Congress, Tampa Bay Times’ Adam Smith reports on “The Buzz” blog.


Blog:  Steve Crisafulli sounds alarm on House Democratic fundraising gains

In the wake of Amanda Murphy’s surprise victory two weeks ago, just how spooked are House Republicans about losing any more seats?  Tampa Bay Times’ Michael Van Sickler explains via the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog.


Blog:  State, Pinellas discuss possible special election dates

Gov. Rick Scott has not yet set dates for the special election in the 13th Congressional District to replace the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, but he may do so in the coming days, Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet reports via the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog.


Blog:  Gambling by the numbers: Final report does little to change conclusions

The final version of the Spectrum Gaming report is out and, while the numbers have been revised and the explanations made clearer, the conclusion remains the same: Florida’s economy is so big that the expansion into casinos would have a little overall impact on the state, Mary Ellen Klas reports on the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog.


Blog:  Florida’s new unemployment website still plagued with long waits, delayed claims

With the rollout of Florida’s new $63 million unemployment system entering its third week, it’s still unclear how many claimants are having serious problems accessing their benefits, Brittany Alana Davis reports for Tampa Bay Times “The Buzz” blog.


Florida consumer confidence hits 2-year low

According to a UF survey, consumer confidence in the state hit 71 points in October, the lowest it has been since December 2011, The Florida Current reports.


Texas Insurance Deparment Holds October 30 Hearing on Windstorm Liability Limit Increases

Insurance Journal reports that the Texas Department of Insurance will hold a hearing on Oct. 30 to consider a petition by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association to raise the maximum limits of liability for windstorm and hail insurance policies covering residential dwellings and individually-owned townhouses, and associated contents; contents of apartments, condominiums or townhouses; commercial structures and associated contents; and governmental structures and associated contents.



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