Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Friday, December 5

Dec 5, 2008

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21st Century Holdings to take over 30,000 homeowners policies

A unit of Lauderdale Lakes insurer 21st Century Holding has gotten approval to take over up to 30,000 homeowners policies from state-run Citizens Property Insurance.


Florida Municipal Trust Adds 20 Members

The Florida Municipal Insurance Trust says it has added 20 new cities to its roster of clients and experienced a 96 percent renewal rate among existing customers.


New Flood Maps Being Developed

Like politicians running for office, homeowners in Highlands County should be on the look out for a possible “October surprise” next year.


Governor Crist Appoints Two to the Board of Directors of Florida Health Choices

Governor Charlie Crist announced the following appointments to the Florida Health Choices Board of Directors today.


Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Earns Renewal of NAIC Accreditation

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation announced today that it was recognized at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Winter National Meeting for renewal of its Financial Regulation Standards accreditation.


Unrest at National Hurricane Center replaced by calming infuence of new director

Bill Read didn’t ride into town with both guns blazing. But in his own quiet way, he did restore order.


As 2008 Hurricane Season Ends, Hurricane Science for Safety Leadership Forum Identifies Top Priorities to Make America More Disaster Resistant

The Hurricane Science for Safety Leadership Forum, a gathering of elected officials, insurance industry representatives, leading environmentalists and experts in disaster mitigation, climate change, and meteorology, concluded today with Forum organizers releasing five top priorities believed to be key to making families safer and America a more disaster-resistant nation.


Fla. called No. 1 in housing fraud

A national report released Tuesday said Florida leads the nation in mortgage fraud. Within the state, Tampa is second in the amount of suspicious loan activity.


Forbes:  Run, Jeb, Run

The GOP needs that Bush in the Senate.


Alex Sink may face Jeb Bush in Senate race

Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink said she might run for U.S. Senate seat, even if former Gov. Jeb Bush runs.


Crist’s Fla. court diversity request rejected

Gov. Charlie Crist’s request for a more diverse list of nominees to replace a retiring Florida judge has been rejected.


Elections panel drops charges against Kreegel

Smear allegations can’t be proved

The Florida Elections Commission has dismissed charges against Rep. Paige Kreegel after investigators said it is not possible to prove that the Punta Gorda Republican improperly ordered a legislative aide to smear a political opponent.


Miami-Dade makes lenders maintain foreclosures

Hagen Hendrix never thought selling homes would require him to pack heat.


Embraer Announces U.S. Assembly Plant in Melbourne

Governor Charlie Crist joined Embraer at its groundbreaking ceremony, beginning construction on Embraer’s aircraft final assembly plant at Melbourne International Airport.


Rep. Frank Says Congress Will Move To Halter Credit Swaps

Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said today that Congress will likely move next year to require companies which insure credit default swaps, such as American International Group, to at least partially reserve against potential losses.


AARP collects royalties, fees from insurers it endorses

Arthur Laupus joined AARP because he thought the nonprofit senior citizen advocacy group would make his retirement years easier. He signed up for an auto insurance policy endorsed by AARP, believing the advertising that said he would save money.


Auto industry impact ripples into Volusia and Flagler

As Congress debates a $34 billion aid package for the three major U.S. automakers, the ripple effect of the industry’s morass is being felt in Volusia and Flagler counties.


Planning law hasn’t prevented Fla. growing pains

It seemed like a good idea for controlling urban sprawl: Require ample road capacity be in place before a new neighborhood or commercial development could be built.


Threat of piracy could push up cruise insurance

It’s an insurer’s nightmare: Heavily armed pirates, emboldened by their success in capturing cargo vessels, hijack a cruise ship with hundreds of well-heeled passengers and ask for massive ransoms.


Washington Post Readers Speak Out on Insurance Fee Changes

The Nov. 26 and subsequent columns on planned changes in the Blue Cross/Blue Shield standard option insurance plan for federal employees generated lots of comments.


Insurer Casts Off Long-Term-Care Policies

A major insurer has dumped a chunk of its long-term-care policies into an independent trust, putting tens of thousands of policyholders at risk of reduced benefits or big premium increases.


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