Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, September 28

Sep 28, 2011


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


9:30 a.m.–Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (“OIR”) Rule Development Workshop.  Amendments to Rule 69O-137.001 would adopt the 2011 NAIC Quarterly Statement Instructions and the 2011 NAIC Accounting Practices and Procedures Manual.  To view the hearing notice, click here.

6:30 a.m.–Auto Insurance Fraud Summit.  Tampa, Florida.  Public forum on automobile insurance fraud.  Expected to attend are representatives of Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s office, the OIR, National Insurance Crime Bureau and Florida legislators.



Daily Insurance-Related News


Blog:  Governor Scott addresses Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board on auto and home insurance

Governor Rick Scott met with the Sun Sentinel editorial board meeting yesterday on a range of issues, including home and automobile insurance.


Hillsborough County:  Nebraska, Fletcher intersection reopens — sinkhole repaired

All lanes at the Nebraska and Fletcher intersection in Tampa are open this morning, after a sinkhole shut down the busy intersection on Monday.


One Frustrated Florida County Tackles Auto Insurance Fraud On Its Own

One county in Florida has decided not to wait on state lawmakers’ promise to address the insurance fraud and fix the state’s automobile no-fault law.  


Florida Personal Injury Protection Cost Battle May Extend to Physician Referral Services

Florida lawmakers are likely to consider whether to curb the use of accident clinic referral hotlines as part of a broader effort to reign in the costs of personal injury protection auto insurance.


Anticipated red light camera revenue comes up short

Red light cameras not only catch people breaking traffic laws, they also generate revenue for the state.  


Florida Health Care Administration trying to recoup $4 million from firm managing Medicaid mental-health services

Contending that not enough money was spent on patient care, the state Agency for Health Care Administration is trying to recoup $4 million from a firm that manages Medicaid mental-health services.


More than 800 South Florida drivers cited for stealing handicapped parking spots

Hundreds of South Florida drivers were busted last year trying to get away with parking in handicapped spots without a permit. It ended up costing each of them up to $672.


House Speaker Cannon hints at January vote for Florida’s presidential primary

House Speaker Dean Cannon has told CNN he expects the Presidential Primary Date Selection Committee to pick a date as early as January 31 when it meets Friday.


Blog:  Governor Rick Scott’s office revives scrutiny of state contracts

Governor Rick Scott’s office has resumed its review of state agency contracts of $1 million after a months-long break, according to an internal memo obtained by the Times/Herald.


PolitiJax:  Former Jennifer Carroll staffer calls for her impeachment

A former aide to Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll who was booted this month for publicly slamming her boss’ office wants Carroll to face the same fate.


Walmart strikes deal to sell lottery tickets in Florida

Florida may have just hit a jackpot.


Bill Would Legalize Destination Casinos

A bill aimed at legalizing three destination casinos in South Florida will soon be filed in the Legislature, and while Governor Rick Scott is not saying yes to the casinos, he is not saying no, either.


Census report:  Florida received third least amount of federal aid in 2010

According to a recently released report by the U.S. Census Bureau, Florida received the third least amount of aid per capita from the federal government in 2010.


Senate President Haridopolos:  Florida Offers Stability, Not Stimulus

The best thing the Florida Legislature can do to create jobs is keep the state’s economy stable, Senate President Mike Haridopolos said Tuesday.


Florida welfare applicants less likely to use drugs

Preliminary figures on a new Florida law requiring drug tests for welfare applicants show that they are less likely than other people to use drugs, not more.


All quiet on the redistricting front – for now

Florida lawmakers have been wrangling for months over accusations of back-room dealings in the once-a-decade process of re-drawing legislative and congressional districts.  


Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney Names Florida Campaign Team

On Tuesday, after finishing in third place in the Presidency 5 straw poll in Orlando, former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, one of the leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, unveiled his team to lead his efforts in the Sunshine State.


GOP insiders:  Tom Lee, Rick Baker could perk up Senate race

Not satisfied with their current U.S. Senate primary candidates, some Republican insiders are seeking to recruit new ones, possibly including popular Tampa Bay area political figures Tom Lee and Rick Baker.


U.S. Senate Passes Short-Term Flood-Program Extension, Averting Shutdown

The Senate approved legislation last night that includes a provision keeping the National Flood Insurance Program in business, at least through November 18.


Who repairs damage from a condo fire?

If a fire damages your condominium, who is responsible for repairs – you or the association?




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