Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Friday, January 8
Jan 8, 2010
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Two legislators, Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, and Rep. Bill Proctor, R-St. Augustine, have filed bills to deregulate residential property insurance rates in Florida. SB 876 and HB 447 would allow residential insurers to set premium rates without the approval of the Office of Insurance Regulation.
Florida CFO Alex Sink today announced that her Department of Financial Services helped recover over $22 million for Florida’s insurance consumers in 2009.
A phrase in the Herald’s State Farm editorial (Dec. 29) caught my attention: “The state should not be in the business of strangling private enterprise …” Calling State Farm a private enterprise is laughable to me.
Fidelity dealing with numerous lawsuits from a mortgage fraud scheme in San Diego.
Fidelity National Financial Inc. Thursday denied assertions in a New York Times story that the Jacksonville-based title insurance company violated disclosure regulations for public companies.
If a major hurricane were to smack Manatee, the county might take months, possibly years, for its infrastructure, economy and tax base to fully recover.
A task force of Florida agencies said Thursday that it recovered $287 million in Medicaid overpayments and prevented more than $18.9 million in improper payments in the fiscal year that ended in June.
The former ringleader of a bogus Internet operation that distributed more than $10 million worth of painkillers has been convicted, the Florida Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday.
One year after Gov. Charlie Crist’s Cover Florida took effect, there are signs that the voluntary approach to providing affordable health insurance is in trouble.
The past six days of frigid weather mark South Florida’s longest cold streak in more than 20 years. Low temperatures remained below 50 degrees and highs failed to exceed 65 between Jan. 2 and Jan. 7.
- CFO Sink offers heating safety tips as Florida faces freezing temps
- Southwest Florida nursery owners, already reeling, fear another hit
- Freeze damage threat still grips Florida citrus
A group that stands to have considerable influence over the future of oil drilling off the Florida coast is unlikely to present its findings to the Legislature until the first week of March.
Ray Sansom will refuse to speak at his House disciplinary hearing later this month, so the special prosecutor is going to court this morning to seek his grand jury testimony. But Sansom’s lawyer said he will file a motion to block the release.
- Column: Crime or not, onus is on Florida House in Sansom case
- Florida officials’ text messages at heart of open-government controversy
A prominent Florida engineering firm and major government contractor, Tampa’s PBSJ Corp., is coming off a series of corporate stumbles from campaign contribution miscues and internal embezzlement only to run into new questions over the way it conducts business overseas.
As Congress negotiates the final version of health care reform legislation there is a move to derail the effort through legal action among Republican lawmakers and state attorneys general, including Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum.
Using football analogies, Gov. Charlie Crist called on the Florida Republican Party to regroup after a tumultuous week and craft a game plan for the November elections.
A top Florida Republican leader and a key critic of outgoing party chairman Jim Greer announced his resignation Thursday.
Six candidates ranging from well known local activists to up-and-coming lawyers are vying to fill the seat of state Rep. Mike Scionti, who is vacating his west Tampa seat to work for the Obama administration.
It will be the mantra of Democratic candidates for the Legislature all year.
Florida condominium loans could be easier to get under a program announced Thursday by government-run mortgage company Fannie Mae.
A meeting next week will get the ball rolling on legislation that could determine how the Sunshine Law applies to certain economic development groups.
At a roundtable meeting of space industry leaders Thursday, Gov. Charlie Crist promised to support a $3.2 million request from the local legislative delegation to help Brevard Workforce retrain aerospace workers.
The Miami Dolphins have unveiled a concept for a 621,000-square-foot roof to help woo future Super Bowls.
All 1,327 insurance companies licensed in California have responded to California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner’s request to provide data on their investments with companies doing business with Iran’s nuclear, energy and defense sectors.
Mississippi officials have rejected a request from AllState Property and Casualty Insurance Co. to more than double insurance rates for 51,000 homes statewide.
The Louisiana Department of Insurance will consider the request, which could generate $67.6 million, or an average of about $229 per policyholder. The company has about 296,000 policyholders in the state.
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an arbitration award requiring U.S. Life Insurance Co. to pay reinsurance of more than $500 million to Superior National Insurance Companies, workers’ compensation insurer in liquidation, the California Department of Insurance reported.
New York Gov. David A. Paterson’s call for reviving the New York Insurance Exchange has met with generally positive reviews with some agent associations saying they would welcome participating in the process.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners said it wants to continue discussions with two state lawmaker groups that have criticized its national commission proposal.
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