Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Friday, December 4

Dec 4, 2009



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Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty Schedules National Meeting on Chinese Drywall for Monday, Dec. 7

Commissioner McCarty, as the Chair of the NAIC’s Catastrophe Insurance Working Group of the Property and Casualty Insurance Committee and as the NAIC’s Secretary and Treasurer, called the public meeting to seek information on the implications to regulators and insurers of the alleged defective Chinese drywall installed in many of the nation’s homes.


Miami-Dade to help Chinese drywall victims

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez is calling on the countys building department to eliminate permitting and inspection fees for homeowners in unincorporated parts of the county and West Miami who are making repairs tied to Chinese drywall.


Insurers learn the art of the deal

Along with the collectors, gallery owners, dealers, and artists who have flocked to Miami this week for Art Basel, several major insurance companies are present.


Orlando agent barred by CFO Sink found guilty for insurance fraud scheme

Florida CFO Alex Sink today announced that an Orlando insurance agent she ordered barred for life from transacting insurance in Florida in August has been sentenced for third-degree felony grand theft after he submitted fraudulent insurance applications for family members and phantom employees in order to collect sales commissions.


Editorial:  Everglades Skyway Construction Will Determine South Florida’s Fate

What happens at Rock Reef Pass, on the outskirts of Shark River Slough — the Everglades’ largest freshwater tributary — will determine if South Florida stays or goes. Shark River Slough has lost up to three feet of soil, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


SRI part of oceanographic cluster formed in St. Petersburg

Oceanographic institutions in St. Petersburg are collaborating to enhance their visibility.


Florida senators split on Medicare

Two don’t agree about bill’s effect on seniors

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida voted Thursday against a proposal to send a landmark health care reform bill back to committee over provisions that would cut Medicare spending.


Session sees bumpy start

Rail issue loses key Republican vote

A special session on rail issues got off to a bumpy start Thursday, with the high-profile defection of a former Senate transportation chairman.


State economists updating Fla. revenue estimate

State economists are updating their estimate of Florida’s general revenue.


Tax break for working waterfronts still unclear

Florida Legislature to work out problems in spring session

Florida voters were clear in November 2008 when they overwhelmingly approved Amendment 6.


Fla. atty’s 20 main creditors total $1.2 billion

The 20 largest creditors in the fraud case of disbarred Florida attorney Scott Rothstein’s defunct firm have filed nearly $1.2 billion in claims.


Blog:  U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney endorses brother Pat for state House; Valeche also on board

It took 37 days, but GOP state House hopeful Pat Rooney Jr. on Thursday was able to lock down the endorsement of his younger brother, Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney of Tequesta.


Former Fla. Sen. Paula Hawkins dies

Paula Hawkins, the feisty, self-described “housewife from Maitland” who in 1980 became the first woman elected to a full Senate term without a family political connection, died Friday. She was 82.


American adding flights, destinations to Miami hub

Most airline executives are weighing how many flights to cut and from where.


Tainted-drywall measure passes U.S. House

A resolution introduced by U.S. Rep. Glenn Nye, D-2nd District, encouraging banks and mortgage lenders to help homeowners whose homes were built with tainted Chinese-made drywall passed overwhelmingly in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.


Allstate, Alfa to Drop Wind Insurance on 14,000 Alabama Coastal Homes

Allstate Corp. and Alfa Mutual plan to drop wind coverage on an estimated 14,000 homeowner policies in Alabama’s two coastal counties over the next 18 months, the latest blow to property owners seeking insurance in an area vulnerable to hurricanes.


Sarbanes-Oxley Law May Be Reshaped by U.S. Supreme Court Clash

A U.S. Supreme Court case may prompt Congress to scale back the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley law, the measure that tightened oversight of financial disclosure after the Enron Corp. and WorldCom Inc. collapses.


PCI Outlines Priority Issues for Winter NAIC Meeting

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America will be engaged with a wide variety of issues ranging from Chinese drywall, to natural catastrophe issues to climate change and systemic risk at the National Association of Insurance Commissione Winter National Meeting in San Francisco, California from December 5 – 8, 2009.


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