Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Monday, August 16
Aug 16, 2010
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Mark Albritton was able to knock $245 off his homeowner’s insurance bill last year after a home inspection showed he was eligible for a wind mitigation discount.
Across the state, homeowners are feeling the pain of higher home insurance rates. In Southwest Florida, some State Farm policy holders have seen their rates increase by more than 40 percent this year.
Insurance claims for sinkhole damage are rising, and the state wants to know whether that’s because Florida is seeing a lot more sinkholes or, as insurers say, because most of those claims aren’t for legitimate sinkholes.
- Other side in sinkhole controversy responds
- Sinkholes popping up all over Plant City
- Florida’s Sinkhole Insurance Law – Insurance Information Institute’s Lynne McChristian Explains
Some of Florida’s nearly 3 million septic tank owners are getting angry, and a veteran lawmaker who said he was tricked into voting for the first statewide mandatory inspection program is getting nervous.
There are a couple of new laws property owners should keep in mind as the 2010 property tax season kicks off.
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A state recovery fund designed to reimburse Floridians who were scammed by their contractors is bankrupt. Set up after Hurricane Andrew, the Florida Homeowners’ Construction Recovery Fund ran out of cash two years ago.
In Florida, a consumer can do everything right and still end up with a disaster — and little recourse under the law
When Hosney and Yvonne Boutros wanted to buy storm windows last year for their Fort Lauderdale condo, they asked neighbors for recommendations, had two different companies give them estimates, and chose one to do the work.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Justice Department announced that CF Industries, Inc. has agreed to spend approximately $12 million to reduce and properly manage hazardous wastes generated at its Plant City, Florida phosphoric acid and ammoniated fertilizer manufacturing facility.
Faced with the need to review insurance rates and enforce a panoply of new rights granted to consumers, states are scrambling to make sure they have the necessary legal authority to carry out the responsibilities being placed on them by President Barack Obama’s health care legislation.
The Florida Medical Association decided Sunday after two days of heated debate not to break off relations with the American Medical Association, officials and delegates said at the conclusion of the event.
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration will not investigate politically explosive allegations against a clinic chain founded by Rick Scott, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor. But AHCA has sent the allegations to federal Medicare officials.
Florida is offering amnesty on three years’ worth of overdue and often-overlooked state taxes owed by individuals and businesses.
With oil no longer gushing from the BP well in the Gulf, support for a constitutional ban on drilling in Florida waters is fading, most surprisingly in the Panhandle.
There was no hug and little in the way of a photo op, but Gov. Charlie Crist did get a brief pat on the shoulder Saturday from President Barack Obama.
Billionaire Jeff Greene wants to consider lifting Cuban trade and travel restrictions and said the $787 billion stimulus is a failure, points Rep. Kendrick Meek disagreed with Sunday in the final debate before the Democratic Senate primary.
After he served as speaker of the House, he made millions as a lobbyist in Tallahassee.
With billions at stake over Gulf oil damage claims and a pending lawsuit over new federal health care laws, the next attorney general Florida voters choose may be their most influential in years.
One candidate is a reformed crack cocaine user who turned around his life, won a seat in the state Legislature and leads the charge against drug paraphernalia.
Tom Berger and Dan Eberhart don’t use rakes and lawnmowers, but the Department of Management Services is using “groundskeeper” job slots to keep them working.
State Rep. Kevin Ambler went to a hospital and was cited after a car crash on Saturday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
They enter a mobile unit parked outside a manufacturing plant every day, perhaps 12 to 14 in a group. Some are single moms or dads; some may have criminal records; all are desperate for a job.
For 15 years, state wildlife officials have struggled to come up with the best way to declare certain Florida species to be in danger of going extinct and thus in need of protection.
Office Depot says it is the first national retailer to offer U.S. Postal Service shipping products and services.
Laws designed to encourage policyholders to get rebates from the state’s insurer of last resort and to take policies out of the company’s insurance pool become effective today.
A regulator called the risk-based capital requirements for domestic reinsurers “draconian” after representatives from the Reinsurance Association of America said their obligations outweigh the rest of the industry’s commitments.
Justices say Justin Faur was acting as employee, not fireman, at time of accident
The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld a Polk County District Court’s decision that a local volunteer fire department’s insurance company does not have to pay benefits in connection with the death of an Andover volunteer firefighter who died while trying to save his employer in a farm-related accident.
Alabama is suing BP Plc, Transocean and Halliburton for “catastrophic harm” caused by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the state’s attorney general said Friday.
In a series of court filings, the New York Attorney General’s Office and State Insurance Department argue that new rules requiring agents to disclose their pay to clients are needed to penetrate a “cloak of secrecy” that pervades over agent-client relationships.
Ninety-eight percent of the 1.7 million Hurricane Katrina-related claims were settled within a year, a new white paper said.
- To access the white paper, click here.
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