Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Friday, April 3
Apr 3, 2009
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For two years, Florida lawmakers and regulators have reined in property-insurance rates.
A coalition pushes for reform to help prevent economic disaster.
A sweeping overhaul of Florida’s property insurance system is the only thing standing between the state and a financial disaster, a coalition of business groups, environmentalists and lawmakers said Thursday.
The Florida House Committee on Insurance, Business & Financial Affairs will consider a bill related to property insurance and the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund at a Friday meeting.
Congress is getting involved in the Chinese drywall issue, which has possibly impacted thousands of houses in South Florida and as many as 100,000 nationwide; U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, on Thursday sent a letter to Gov. Charlie Crist asking him to declare a state of emergency.
Several days of heavy rainfall has saturated North Florida from the Panhandle to Jacksonville, and Florida Department of Emergency Management officials said the damage is severe enough to qualify for federal assistance.
Both Florida legislative chambers have released proposed budget bills. The Senate would spend about $600 million more than the House.
The 2009 Florida legislative session reached its halfway mark this week. Here is where major legislation stands, along an assessment on chances for passage.
The tax proposals before state lawmakers are not likely to include elimination of sales tax breaks this session, the head of a key Senate committee said Thursday.
Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced he has deployed sworn law enforcement officers to 17 counties in the Florida Panhandle to ensure the safety and well-being of Medicaid recipients residing in the state’s nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other care facilities.
The Florida House’s select committee on tribal gambling advanced a no-frills Seminole compact Friday that would preclude the tribe from operating so-called banked table games at its seven casinos.
As Florida legislators grapple with billion-dollar revenue shortages and painful solutions involving tax hikes and spending cuts, state employees have anxiously awaited some indication of how big a bite the budget will take out of their paychecks.
A new twist emerged this week in the debate over “double-dipping:” some Florida officials collecting both a pension and a salary could be facing federal tax problems, possibly even the repayment of thousands of dollars.
U.S. Rep. Connie Mack will run for re-election instead of the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Mel Martinez.
A day after revealing robust fundraising for the first three months of the year, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek sought to continue the momentum in his race for the U.S. Senate Thursday.
Gov. Charlie Crist’s shrunken $533 million Everglades land deal will not restore the River of Grass and would leave the state with thousands of acres of low-value orange groves.
Robert “Moose” Cobb, NASA’s embattled inspector general, sent a letter of resignation Thursday to President Obama, and the president accepted Cobb’s resignation, which is effective on Saturday, April 11.
Legislation to impose some federal regulation on insurers and create a federal insurance charter mechanism has been introduced by two House members who said the American International Group meltdown underscores the need for their measure.
Two congressional leaders introduced legislation today that would create a federal regulator for insurance as an alternative to the current state-based regulatory structure currently in plan.
Bills to ease rules for bringing “bad faith” lawsuits in claim disputes have been introduced in a growing number of state legislatures, but so far insurance interests have been winning the battle to defeat them, an industry trade group reports.
Demand for credit insurance is rising fastest in nations hit hardest by the worldwide recession, including the United States, the chairman of credit insurer Coface said in an interview.
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