Capitol to Courthouse Headliners–Monday, April 13
Apr 13, 2009
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Of the 36 homeowner insurance bills proposed by the Legislature, half would benefit insurers — a dozen of which already have passed at least one legislative committee.
The main property insurance legislation gaining momentum this year in Tallahassee is a departure from laws passed in 2007 and 2008 that aimed to lower homeowner insurance premiums and beef up the state’s authority to hold insurers accountable.
This chart outlines the status and descriptions of key property insurance legislation so far, including which bills would benefit insurers.
The main property-insurance legislation gaining momentum this year in Tallahassee is a departure from laws passed in 2007 and 2008 that aimed to lower homeowner-insurance premiums and beef up the state’s authority to hold insurers accountable.
Re: “Florida plays ostrich in insurance crisis” (My View, April 8): I applaud Don Crane’s efforts to evaluate the issues related to hurricane risk as our state continues to address this complicated problem.
At the height of the housing boom, when building materials were in short supply, American construction companies used millions of pounds of Chinese-made drywall because it was abundant and cheap.
HarrisMartin Publishing, a premier provider of legal news and continuing legal education conferences, announced today that it will host the nation’s first-ever Chinese Drywall Litigation Conference, June 4 and 5 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes hotel in Orlando.
More severe weather is putting flood recovery and damage assessment efforts on hold in North Florida.
After her sport utility vehicle sideswiped a van in early February, Shirley Kimel was amazed at how quickly a handful of police officers and firefighters in Winter Haven, Fla., showed up.
Last year, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink urged the Legislature to crack down on the financial scamming of older Floridians.
A bill in Congress to fight cancer in young women, championed by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has come under some surprisingly strong criticism.
Two days after she disclosed her private battle with cancer, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz began championing legislation that calls for spending $45 million over the next five years to boost awareness of breast cancer risks among younger women.
To balance the budget and help spur the economy, legislators are ready to pour $4 billion in federal stimulus money into the state.
A massive $4 billion in federal stimulus money is about to be pumped into Florida to build more roads, serve more senior meals, aid disadvantaged kids and even help fight forest fires.
It may be pay cuts, or it may be layoffs – but one way or another, state employees will take a hit when the Legislature finishes its budget for the coming year.
The Florida House is poised to pass its gambling package Monday afternoon, giving South Florida racinos a tax break in return for at least $140 million for education.
Legislation that would open the door to school prayer and discourage teaching evolution has been declared dead.
In a political career spanning nearly two decades, Republican Gov. Charlie Crist has one tie that’s bound him to the conservative cause: staunch opposition to taxes.
It was supposed to be his shining moment, an opportunity not usually afforded Democrats so relatively new to the legislature – a vote on his big bill by the all-important Senate Ways and Means Committee.
In an attempt to suppress the sale of tax-free cigarettes sold on Florida’s Indian reservations, state senators want the tribes’ smokes labeled “Indian cigarettes” and any non-Indian caught with them forced to pay a $1,000 fine and face misdemeanor charges.
A rare wide-open race for the U.S. Senate in Florida was supposed to create one of the most competitive elections in decades.
If Charlie Crist isn’t planning to run for the Senate in 2010, he certainly seems to relish encouraging people to think so.
State Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres, and former state senator and 2006 gubernatorial hopeful Rod Smith are friends who talk regularly.
Solar power in the Sunshine State has exploded in the past three years, providing millions of dollars in new projects and hundreds of jobs even as most of Florida’s economy withered.
Despite international efforts that have suppressed some attacks on Gulf of Aden shipping, the piracy problem is escalating along with a 10-fold increase in vessel insurance rates, a maritime expert said.
Reasons for supporting state regulation of insurance voiced by some governors don’t withstand detailed scrutiny, officials at several Washington conservative think tanks said in a letter to congressional leaders.
U.S. property-casualty insurers have weathered the global financial crisis well because of a superior risk management model, Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute, told an industry conference today.
Standard & Poor’s today published a white paper examining investors’ needs and how various business models for credit rating firms could meet them.
- An Examination Of How Investor Needs Are Served By Various Ratings Business Models: Ensuring Analytical Independence And Preventing Conflicts Of Interest At Credit Rating Firms
With consumers’ credit scores dropping as lenders tighten credit terms, insurance consumer advocates are stepping up their criticism of the use of credit scores by insurance companies.
Many insurers are overlooking a system to capture, manage and store unstructured data that can ease information workloads, help them deal with regulatory compliance and improve operational accountability, a recent survey has found.
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