Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Friday, March 26
Mar 26, 2010
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Florida’s government-owned Citizens Property Insurance Corp., bracing for an “above-normal” hurricane season, plans to sell $2 billion in tax-exempt bonds as early as this week.
State regulators have ordered a Florida property insurer to recoup $600,000 paid to the company’s founder for what turned out to be worthless bank stock.
United Insurance Holding Corp. said state mandates and reinsurance rate hikes pulled down earnings in the fourth quarter and full year of 2009.
A silver vase has turned black. The copper wiring behind the light switches have corroded, too.
30 Fraudulent Claims in Disaster Relief for Hurricanes, Tornado, Flood
Desima James, 30, of Atlanta, Georgia, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on felony charges for fraudulently obtaining FEMA assistance funds intended for the victims of several different federally declared disasters.
Florida Democrats launched multiple attacks Thursday on Attorney General Bill McCollum’s legal challenge of the new federal health-care law, including a motion on the state Senate floor to prohibit his lawsuit and calls for a state audit of his office.
Florida Medical Association remains opposed to the measure
Give the state’s 13,000 ARPNs the power to write prescriptions for controlled substances, they argue, and expand health care to as many as 1 million more Floridians for free.
The Florida Senate voted to put class-size limits back on the ballot Thursday, while across the Capitol, security guards rushed to protect lawmakers from a hostile crowd after a House committee rammed through a bill that would tie teacher pay to test scores.
A budget bill cleared a state Senate committee Thursday with a contingency plan that would add $880 million in spending, mostly for health care, if Congress sends $880 million in additional Medicaid money Florida’s way.
Public employees would start making a small contribution to the Florida Retirement System next year, under a bill approved Thursday by the Senate budget committee.
The Florida Senate unanimously passed a jobs package Thursday that would give tax breaks to a range of space, high-tech and film industries after scaling back proposed environmental and growth-management changes that had alarmed local governments.
A House committee gave approval Thursday to a sweeping bill to reform the Public Service Commission, but only after revising it in response to a veto threat from the governor and a harsh rebuke from the chairwoman of the utility board.
House Bill 437 sponsored by Representative Eric Eisnaugle and Senate Bill 712 require common-sense provisions such as posting contracts and payments online, keeping detailed time records for private attorneys’ hours, and competitively selecting private attorneys.
It’s the final deadline to hear new bills in the House, making for a robust platter of legislation that should slow down lawmakers in a hurry to flee the Capitol and return to their districts for a long weekend.
An Orlando Republican on Thursday backed away from his definition of “family-friendly” in Florida after the proposal was derided as “discriminatory” and faced the glare of a national spotlight.
After running into flak from fellow lawmakers, state Rep. Kevin Rader today halted his plan to give a property tax break to Acreage residents amid the community’s pediatric brain cancer cluster investigation.
Legislator calls for more local control, but many question the need.
Howls of protest are rising in Tallahassee against legislation that would repeal the state’s ban on breed-specific dog laws.
U.S. Senate candidates Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio will bring their battle for the heart and soul of the Republican party to a live television audience Sunday when they meet for their first debate.
Rasmussen Reports’ latest poll has Bill McCollum leading Alex Sink in the governor’s race, 47 percent to 36 percent. The automated survey was conducted before the health care bill passed.
Treasure Coast counties have higher unemployment than state average
After a sharp increase in January, the Treasure Coast’s unemployment rate fell slightly in February. Meanwhile, the statewide rate continued to rise, reaching a seasonally adjusted rate of 12.2 percent. That’s the highest rate ever recorded in Florida.
Construction could begin by February or March for the high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando, with the first trains running by the first or second quarter of 2015, a Florida Department of Transportation official said Wednesday during a regional briefing.
Condominium sales soared across Florida during February, rising 59 percent from a year ago, with 5,085 units changing hands.
Coconut Grove Bank has signed a written agreement with federal and state regulators to improve its management of problem loans and investments.
Enhancing military base and port resiliency in first 72 hours
Yesterday leaders from key sectors met to participate in a roundtable discussion and pilot planning session chaired by Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.), Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery, to address a critical gap in America’s domestic response capability.
Companies would not be allowed to cancel policies or raise rates on homeowners who make damage claims stemming from corrosive Chinese drywall, under two proposed state laws in Louisiana.
Maine Insurance Superintendent Mila Kofman has been reappointed by the state Senate.
The May 1 deadline for insurers to complete a climate risk disclosure survey may now have to be delayed to June or July, a key regulator said.
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