Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Friday, May 14
May 14, 2010
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Homeowners hope lawsuit will bring them relief.
The demolition was underway Wednesday at a Miami-Dade home, as workers ripped out the drywall, baseboards, ceilings.
A Florida senator is repeating his call for the ousting of the state’s insurance commissioner, calling his behavior “reprehensible” and saying he is no longer trustworthy.
The chorus urging Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to sign an omnibus property insurance measure passed by the Legislature is growing.
- Crist could wield mighty veto pen on insurance issues
- Editorial Sign the insurance bill–Help for companies, but also for consumers.
Florida CFO Alex Sink announced today that Florida businesses will save an estimated $100 million as a result of her recent order reducing the assessment rate for the Special Disability Trust Fund, or Workers’ Compensation Second-Injury Fund.
The seven elderly guests on stage at Island Christian Church were just kids 75 years ago when a Category 5 hurricane barreled into their homes in the Upper Florida Keys, leaving a trail of destruction and death.
A former Miami-Dade police officer with a controversial history is accused of artificially inflating insurance claims to get extra money in his adjusting business.
Red light cameras will be fully legal in Florida on July 1.
Crist should veto increase in big rigs’ weight
Federal law limits freight haulers’ weight to 80,000 pounds on the nation’s interstates for good reasons. The heavier the truck, the more wear and tear on roads and bridges. The bigger the semi-tractor trailer, the more catastrophic the effects when one collides with a car.
Brown & Brown Inc. has bought the retail insurance and brokerage-related assets of several Connecticut companies. No financial details were released.
Prescription drug trafficking has taken a hit in recent weeks.
Palm Beach County’s Health Care District “hired contractors to move ahead with a $9-million purchase and renovation project for a new headquarters, even though the need that drove the district’s creation in the first place — providing health care to the indigent and uninsured — could begin to dissolve in four years with implementation of the federal health law.
Willis’ lawsuit was among the first of about 8,000 cases statewide to take another look at an old legal battle over whether big tobacco companies or smokers themselves are responsible for health problems caused by cigarettes.
Sen. Bill Nelson’s hard-charging reaction to the gulf oil disaster ran into a wall Thursday, a reminder of how influential the industry remains.
Gov. Charlie Crist was sent the $70.4 billion state budget Thursday, starting a 15-day clock for the governor to act on the measure.
The federal Railroad Administration has given Florida approval to begin designing, obtaining land and building the nation’s first major high-speed rail line.
Thousands of homeowners who installed solar systems expecting to be reimbursed for part of the costs from the Florida Solar Rebate Program are still waiting to see if the state will come through.
The issue of immigration is emerging as sort of a litmus test for candidates in Florida’s busy political season.
- Gov. Crist: Immigration reform can help Social Security
- In flip, McCollum now backs Arizona immigration law for Florida
Lawton “Bud” Chiles III, the 57-year-old son of the late governor, is seriously looking at running against Democrat Alex Sink for governor.
Something peculiar is going on with Charlie Crist.
- Crist, Rubio give back money to accused bad guys
- WSJ Column: Charlie Crist, the Equivalent of Florida Swampland
- The Florida Senate Candidates’ Wealth
The failure of BankUnited FSB in 2009 cost the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. $815 million more than it initially expected.
California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner announced that 1,010 insurance companies — more than 75 percent of insurers licensed to do business in California — have agreed to forgo future investments in 50 companies identified as doing business with Iran’s nuclear, energy or defense sectors.
Chinese drywall maker Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co. Ltd. has reached an agreement to settle with Atlanta-based national home builder Beazer Homes, according to three people familiar with the matter.
The Senate today approved an amendment to the financial services reform bill giving the Securities and Exchange Commission the authority to set up a Credit Rating Agency Board.
Groups representing property/casualty insurers and other financial services companies have urged the U.S. Senate to reject an attempt to strip health insurers of their limited immunity from federal antitrust law.
A bill to protect the state’s property insurer of last resort from penalties for adjusting or paying claims too slowly has stalled in the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law Senate Bill 1045, which repeals and amends state statute, directing the State Compensation Fund — known as SCF Arizona — to privatize and become a mutual insurance company, regulated by the state Department of Insurance.
Chartis Inc. said Thursday that it has obtained $425 million in reinsurance through its first catastrophe bond program.
Company Admitted to 48th State
Starmount Life Insurance Company has opened a new, 24,500-square-foot national headquarters in Baton Rouge, marking the end of 12 months of construction and the beginning of a new period of anticipated, continued growth.
Milliman, Inc., a premier global consulting and actuarial firm, today released the latest update to the Milliman 100 Pension Funding Index, which consists of 100 of the nation’s largest defined benefit pension plans.
Multiple data sources, including scientific survey data, medical studies and analyses of data in regions that have imposed ambulance fees, indicate that ambulance fees will discourage calls to emergency services for help, risking the health and safety of those experiencing medical emergencies.
When Wellpoint proposed up to a 39 percent premium increase for some of its California customers, it touched off a storm of criticism that helped boost passage of the new health care law.
Over the last two days, May 12-13, over 40 representatives from Caribbean and international agencies held a meeting in Barbados to discuss the initial results from a recent investigation into the Economics of Climate Adaptation (ECA) in the Caribbean.
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