Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, September 25

Sep 25, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.–Florida House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee.  To view the agenda, click here.

  • Presentations and discussion on surplus lines insurance, implementation and impact of 2011 changes in insurance laws relating to sinkholes and the National Flood Insurance Program

    9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.–Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology meeting.  To view the meeting notice, click here.  Continued from September 24. 

    • Consideration of 2013 Standards and Procedures and Report of Activities.  Teleconference:  (888) 670-3525; conference code 7135858151.  

        10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.–U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs hearing:  “Reauthorizing TRIA:  The State of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Market.”  To view the hearing notice, click here.



          Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


          Lawmaker wants to limit Citizens Insurance to Florida-only coverage

          State Sen. David Simmons, chair of the Senate Banking and Insurance committee, says his committee will look into the possibility of prohibiting state-backed Citizens Property Insurance from issuing coverage for non-Florida residents who own property in the state, Peter Schorsch reports for


          Florida Tax Watch Center for Competitive Florida:  Taxpayers remain at risk until Citizens has reform

          Florida TaxWatch has called for returning Citizens Property Insurance Corporation to be an insurer of last resort, as was its original intent. 


          Court shifts its course in workers comp case

          A divided appeals court Monday backed away from a ruling that found part of Florida’s workers compensation insurance system unconstitutional, but continued to support an injured St. Petersburg firefighter in his legal fight about disability benefits, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Saunders reports via


          South Florida adjuster firms fined for New Jersey violations

          Two South Florida insurance public adjuster companies have been fined by New Jersey authorities for operating without licenses and another was sanctioned for using contracts that didn’t comply with state regulations as they helped victims of Superstorm Sandy navigate insurance claims, the Sun-Sentinel’s Donna Gehrke-White reports.


          Blog:  Nelson asks Scott to help lobby Republicans for flood insurance delay

          With the October 1 deadline bearing down on Florida homeowners who face hefty increases on their flood insurance, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson asked Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater on Tuesday to help him lobby to win support for a delay in the next week.


          Panama City Frustrated with Hurricane Claim-Abandoned Cruise Ship

          Panama City has spent tens of thousands of dollars removing dozens of derelict boats as it redevelops its waterfront. But one abandoned former luxury cruise liner is proving to be an especially difficult case, Insurance Journal reports.


          Florida Affordable Care Act Premiums Will Track National Average

          Florida’s estimated Affordable Care Act premiums fall squarely in the middle, closely tracking the national average, the Associated Press reports via the Miami Herald.


          Business groups vie for Scott’s tax cut

          Special interest groups will make a claim for Gov. Rick Scott’s goal of $500 million in tax cuts next year, but the cuts could exceed that goal and lead to the elimination of older tax breaks, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


          Unexpected Leaders Steve Crisafulli and New Democrat Boss Could Change the House Dramatically

          The Florida House will be led by two unexpected faces after next year’s elections but both of them should be ready to assume their leadership roles, Jeff Henderson reports for


          Blog:  Senator says his community is Orlando’s “septic system”

          An influential state lawmaker says he is tired of his community being treated as the “septic tank” for Orlando and is pressing for more money to deal with damages from polluted waters flowing out of the rain-swollen Lake Okeechobee, the Orlando Sentinel’s Aaron Deslatte reports.


          Florida’s consumer confidence drops in September

          A University of Florida survey reports that Florida’s consumer confidence dropped by 1 point in September, The Florida Current reports.


          U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Encourages Homeowners to Care for Their Septic Systems During SepticSmart Week

          Proper septic system care and maintenance is vital to protecting public health and preserving valuable water resources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says in its news release this week.




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