Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Friday, February 19
Feb 19, 2010
Note: Until the March 2, 2010 Florida legislative bill filing deadline, Capitol to Courthouse Headliners will provide a listing of insurance-related bills filed each day. This listing will be located at the end of the news headlines.
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The first stage of Citizens Property Insurance Corp.’s home reinspection program has uncovered errors that could yield about $350,000 in additional premium revenue for the state-owned insurer.
State Rep. Lake Ray of Jacksonville is asking fellow lawmakers to approve a plan for steering up to $500 million to Florida’s ports by using a portion of taxes paid by insurance companies.
Randi Schuknecht worried that her longtime, established insurance company was about to leave Florida – and leave her without a homeowner’s policy.
Palm Beach County homeowners with defective Chinese drywall are now eligible to get their property appraisals cut by almost three-quarters.
Canadian financial services holding company Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. said Thursday that it will buy all the shares of U.S. insurer Zenith National Insurance Corp. in a deal that values the company at about $1.4 billion.
One satellite would better track hurricanes. Another would detect solar flare-ups and prevent telecommunications failures. Then there’s a sophisticated radar system that would almost instantly warn of tornadoes.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says the state needs federal help to search for the cause of higher rates of brain cancer in girls and teens in the rural western Palm Beach County community of the Acreage.
Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty today announced the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has issued an Order to a dozen entities, including companies and their officers, for the unauthorized sale of health insurance products to approximately 2,500 Floridians.
Congratulations, Florida! You’re getting a refund of $282.5 million in overpayments to Medicare, thanks to a recalculation of drug premiums for low-income elderly.
Florida Insurer Updates Technology Platform and Expands Services for Agents
CSC today announced a six-year extension to its business process outsourcing services agreement with Sunshine State Insurance Company, St. Augustine, Fla.
Florida’s tourism industry seeks again to reinstate parental waivers
Waiver move comes even though few businesses bar kids from some activities
Fourteen months ago, the highest court in Florida ruled that parents did not have the authority to sign away their children’s civil-lawsuit rights before participating in potentially dangerous commercial activities – a decision that outraged the state’s tourism industry and prompted warnings that businesses would begin to drop children from certain programs.
Insurance settlement was for 1976 accident under Brooklyn Bridge
Barbara Cosgrove doesn’t specifically remember who gave her the envelope in late January 1978.
Today, in a lengthy 4-2 opinion, the Florida Supreme Court struck down the revocation legislation passed by the Florida Legislature back in 2007 to keep Florida Hometown Democracy off the ballot.
The suits seek to halt practices that allegedly make things worse for debt-strapped consumers.
Minnesota’s attorney general sued six out-of-state debt-settlement firms Thursday, alleging that they broke a new state law while promising help to debt-ridden consumers and leaving many in worse shape.
South Florida farmers and local governments alike on Thursday called for federal regulators to back off tough new water pollution rules they argue would cost too much to follow.
The Legislature has chopped about $7 billion from the state’s annual budget over the last three years – enough to run Florida’s courts and all state environmental, agricultural, prison, and public safety agencies combined for a full year.
The Florida Legislature this year will be rewarming a plate full of leftovers from past sessions.
Drilling proponents tell of many safeguards, but there still are spills.
Unable to reach a deal to avert a spectacle that could embarrass some of the state’s top politicians, the Florida House plans to begin its disciplinary hearing of Rep. Ray Sansom next week.
In the race to replace Rep. Baxter Troutman in his District 66 seat in the Florida House of Representatives, one candidate is far ahead in the three-way Republican primary race.
Conservatives have jumpstarted the U.S. Senate campaign of Marco Rubio, and he returned the favor on Thursday by opening the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference with a rousing speech against moderates and the Democratic establishment.
A coalition of 22 rural north Florida governments has received $30 million in federal stimulus funds for broadband and high-speed connectivity to jumpstart economic development.
Each of the 10 small business owners surrounding Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink had a beef with the state’s plan to help them emerge from the Great Recession.
They’re resorting to bribery.
To the relief of workers’ compensation insurers and self-insured risk managers, the government has extended their deadline for reporting under the Medicare Secondary Payer Act until next year.
A general contractor’s hiring of a subcontractor does not necessarily preclude coverage under its commercial general liability policy for shoddy work performed by the subcontractor, Mississippi’s highest court has ruled.
Less than 24 hours before a potentially historic tainted drywall case was to commence – one that will determine the procedures for fixing houses – the Chinese company that was to provide the manufacturers’ defense shocked participants by dropping out.
A measure to make the Oklahoma Insurance Department a non-appropriated agency has passed the state Senate Appropriations Committee.
Democrats appear to be removing medical malpractice insurers from a bill to eliminate the antitrust exemption for health insurers in the McCarran-Ferguson Act.
In Farmers Automobile Insurance Association v. Union Pacific Railway Co., the Wisconsin Supreme Court set forth the standard for vacating or modifying insurance policy appraisal provisions used to set value for claimed losses. The court also tackled discovery and standard of review issues.
Florida insurance-related bills filed on Friday, February 19:
Authorizes certain persons or entities to agree to certain measures to effect repairs to improvements to real property due to problems arising from the use of reactive drywall. Prohibits a cause of action for damage to property arising from prior use of reactive drywall or from such repairs. Effective Date: Upon becoming law.
SB 2232 Relating to Guaranty Associations by State Senator Garrett Richter
Expands an exemption from the applicability of certain provisions of state law to include workers’ compensation claims under employer liability coverage. Revises the structure of the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association by combining the auto liability and auto physical damage accounts. Deletes provisions relating to classification and payment of emergency assessments. Provides guidelines for the calculation of recoupment factors. Effective Date: Upon becoming law
SB 2226 Relating to Off-highway Vehicles/ROV by State Senator Carey Baker
Redefines the term “ROV” to include vehicles of an increased width and weight. Effective Date: July 1, 2010
HB 1151 Relating to Municipal Police Pension Plans by State Representative Marty Kiar
Allows premium tax revenues to be used to repay advances from municipalities that are used to purchase annuities to fund accrued liabilities of plan. Effective Date: July 1, 2010
HB 1149 Relating to Audits of Pharmacy Records by State Representative Eddy Gonzalez
Revises requirements for audits of Medicaid-related pharmacy records and authorizes third-party payor and third-party administrator audits of pharmacies. Provides that claims containing certain clerical or recordkeeping errors are not subject to financial recoupment and specifies that certain audit criteria apply to third-party claims submitted after a specified date. Prohibits certain accounting practices used for calculating recoupment of claims and prohibits audit criteria from requiring recoupment of claims except under certain circumstances. Provides procedures for audits of third-party payor and third-party administrator audits. Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
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