Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Sep 9, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

  • 10:00 a.m.–Florida Workers’ Compensation Joint Underwriting Association (“FWCJUA”) Annual Membership and Board of Governors meeting.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

Florida regulators sign off on Citizens rate hikes

Florida regulators on signed off on new rates for the state’s largest insurer, including significant rate hikes for South Florida customers who rely on Citizens Property Insurance to cover their homes for wind damage.  The Associated Press reports via The Republic.



Heavy rains leave Central Florida more vulnerable to sinkholes 

A massive Groveland sinkhole may have formed partially because of the recent torrential downpours.  Christal Hayes reports for the Orlando Sentinel.


Taxi companies sue State of Florida over Uber, Lyft

Taxi companies in Tallahassee and Fort Lauderdale have sued the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in the latest attempt to curb the growth of tech companies like Uber and Lyft.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Michael Auslen reports.


Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board to Discuss 2016 Legislative Recommendations

The Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board will hold a public meeting to discuss its 2016 legislative recommendations.  A copy of the agenda is available for review.


Two Miami Residents Accused of Conducting $200K in Illegal Insurance Transactions

The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud of two Miami women accused of deceptively using unsuspecting licensed insurance representatives’ licenses to defraud Florida consumers while operating Quality Insurance Agency in Hialeah, Florida, Insurance Journal reports.


Florida House Speaker Nixes Senate Request to Revisit Congressional Redistricting Special Session

Florida’s battle over congressional redistricting looks likely to be played out in the courts – not before state lawmakers – after House Speaker Steve Crisafulli rejected the Senate’s latest bid for another Special Session.  The Palm Beach Post’s John Kennedy reports for the “Post on Politics” blog.


Florida Legislature anticipates $635 million budget surplus in 2016

The Florida Legislature is anticipating a $635 million budget surplus in 2016, money that some state lawmakers are already hinting will go towards more tax cuts and education funding, among other things.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Jeremy Wallace reports.



Rick Scott joins other Republican governors in opposing Iran nuclear deal

Florida Governor Rick Scott joined 14 Republican governors in a letter to President Obama opposing the nuclear pact with Iran.  The letter focuses concern about how it would affect pension divestment policies and contracting restrictions.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Alex Leary reports via “The Buzz” blog.


Group sues FSU over policy banning guns in cars at games

A Florida State University student who wants to bring her gun to this weekend’s football game sued the school Tuesday over a policy that bans legal gun owners from locking their firearms in their cars while in the stadium cheering on their team.  The Associated Press’ Brendan Farrington reports via


The Seibels Bruce Group, Inc. Appoints Adrian E. Brown Chief Risk Officer

The Seibels Bruce Group, Inc., an insurance services provider of business process outsourcing solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Adrian E. Brown to Chief Risk Officer.  Mr. Brown will be responsible for coordinating enterprise risk management strategies for Seibels in the areas of disaster recovery, data retention and corporate risk identification.




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