Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Friday, April 24
Apr 24, 2009
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Today could be the day both the Florida House and Senate take up legislation to improve the state’s property insurance market, including proposals allowing state-backed insurance writer Citizens Property Insurance to raise its rates.
The House turned aside proposals Thursday to continue a freeze on premiums for customers of taxpayer-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp., setting the stage for a vote on a sweeping property insurance bill today.
About 5,000 homeowners in Palm Beach County must find a new insurer by May 31 after a judge in Tallahassee this week ordered Hollywood-based Coral Insurance to drop all of its 11,750 policies before hurricane season, which begins June 1.
As lawmakers huddle behind closed doors on the budget, a national bond rating service is watching to see whether it should downgrade the state’s credit rating.
It is always interesting, and frequently amusing, to read various “research” pieces on the Florida property insurance market.
The House of Representatives gave up on property insurance rate regulation Wednesday, voting 105-13 to let some companies charge whatever they like.
A frustrated Sen. Bill Nelson said Thursday that federal investigators are moving too slowly on Chinese drywall, as the number of complaints continued rising in Florida and the state’s attorney general warned that the issue has attracted scam artists.
Starke Police Chief Jeff Johnson and the city commission put the brakes on plans to put traffic light cameras at intersections in the city limits.
Now that Franck’s Pharmacy has said it incorrectly mixed a compound suspected of killing 21 horses, the Ocala-based pharmaceutical company could be liable for millions of dollars in civil damages.
After years of stalled efforts to stop prescription drug abuse and slow the state’s growing pain clinic industry, the Florida Senate on Friday passed legislation to create a statewide prescription drug monitoring system to track those “doctor shopping” for addictive legal drugs.
With budget negotiations still stalled, lawmakers in the House and Senate Friday will busy themselves with final votes on some major legislation, including bills to raise state university tuition and to remedy Florida’s property insurance crisis.
Secret budget talks continued unabated Thursday as Florida lawmakers floated ideas that have not been discussed publicly, including a tax on a Miami-based tobacco company and deeper cuts to higher education.
Legislators in both houses continue negotiations; Senate offers new proposal
A day after Gov. Charlie Crist pitched a $1.1 billion loan from the Seminole tribe to get Florida through rocky financial times, leading lawmakers in both houses of the Legislature shunned that idea and moved ahead with their own late-hour gambling talks.
A weakened version of an elections law overhaul heads to the House after an earlier version triggered strong criticism.
Following harsh criticism from voting-rights groups and a threatened veto by Gov. Charlie Crist, House leaders have retreated from a sweeping overhaul of Florida’s election laws.
In the name of economic development, and over the heated objections of environmental groups, the House on Thursday gave preliminary approval to an overhaul of growth-management laws designed to help recession-weary developers.
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink today released the following statement opposing the near-shore drilling bill that is scheduled to be voted on by the Florida House of Representatives: “As Florida’s Chief Financial Officer it is my responsibility to protect the people of Florida and all state owned land, and I take these obligations very seriously.”
Former House Speaker Marco Rubio is getting ready to announce whether he’s in or out of the U.S. Senate race and said today his decision won’t be based on Republican Gov. Charlie Crist’s political plans.
Regulate Me, Please, by Tom Wilson, the chairman of Allstate (Op-Ed, April 16), missed the mark.
The European Union on Thursday approved new rules creating European oversight for credit rating agencies that have taken some of the blame for the financial crisis by rating bad debt as good.
In response to the New York insurance superintendent’s inquiry into its possible illegal participation in unregulated insurance markets, Allstate has provided an affidavit that it is operating legally.
Mississippi has hired a wind engineering firm to assess the various steps that property owners might take to reduce damage from hurricanes.
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