Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Thursday, August 6
Aug 6, 2009
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State Farm Florida has been given the green light to eliminate some homeowners insurance discounts but the insurer must continue to offer discounts for storm mitigation steps taken by insureds because these are required by law.
Heading into the most active months of the hurricane season, upcoming regulatory decisions will radically change Florida’s property-insurance market and determine the future for millions of consumers.
It might be every home buyer’s worst nightmare: purchasing a house on the market, not realizing that it contains tainted Chinese drywall.
A federal judge in Miami is considering whether a lawsuit claiming Florida’s Medicaid program is failing children should be made into a class action affecting tens of thousands of people.
Confrontation over a national healthcare overhaul reached South Florida on Wednesday, when routine office hours for the staff of a Broward-area congressman turned into a raucous protest.
Florida’s public employee pension fund lost $27.2 billion, or nearly 19 percent of its value, during a tumultuous year in the financial markets, the state’s top investment official said today.
State Rep. Ray Sansom’s lawyer asked a judge Wednesday to dismiss the criminal case against him, arguing there was no evidence Sansom secured $6 million in taxpayer money for an airport building that a friend and political contributor would use.
Gov. Charlie Crist on Wednesday scheduled an Oct. 6 special election to replace state Sen. Jim King, who died last month of pancreatic cancer.
Chris Craft Democratic St. Lucie County Commissioner, District 5
Democratic St. Lucie County Commissioner Chris Craft launched his campaign Wednesday to challenge freshman U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, in 2010.
Forty years of blazing new trails and dedication to her chosen profession will be recognized on Friday as state Senator Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) is inducted into the prestigious National Bar Association’s Hall of Fame.
A Florida lobbyist association has gone to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking for a review of Florida’s ban on gifts — not even a free cup of coffee is OK — to legislators. But the appeal is really about the law’s requirement that lobbyists broadly report their compensation.
Taylor, Bean & Whitaker, the Ocala-based mortgage giant that was raided by the FBI this week, closed its doors Wednesday, leaving more than 1,000 employees suddenly out of work.
Florida will get $3.1 million from the Department of Labor to funnel toward getting its unemployed back to work.
Harlow Hyde of DeLand is just another ordinary citizen with a few ideas about how government should save money – except that his suggestions have gotten attention.
Florida’s Board of Governors approved a compensation package this morning for new university system chancellor Frank Brogan worth an annual $458,198.
The proliferation of pythons in Florida caught the attention Wednesday of Gov. Charlie Crist, who said capturing the giant creatures is a public safety issue.
Governor Charlie Crist today, continuing his commitment to increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoted the recently announced Energy-efficient Appliance Rebate Program during a visit to Danfoss Turbocor in Tallahassee.
Baseball really is big business in Florida.
A study released by the Florida Sports Foundation on Wednesday pegs the total economic impact of 39 days of spring training 2009 at $752.3 million.
The bill, which already passed the House, will now bypass the finance committee and go directly to the full Senate where lawmakers will be racing against the adjournment clock, as well as facing doubts of a key Senate leader about the legislation. A vote could come today or tomorrow.
Attorney James J. Wrynn, who was recently named head of New York’s state-run workers’ compensation insurer, is now in line to be the state’s new insurance superintendent.
The Consumer Federation of America has weighed in with criticism of the Illinois decision to allow an insurance brokerage to resume charging scandal-tinged contingency commissions.
The Allstate Corporation today reported results for the second quarter of 2009.
Risk Management Solutions said its newest catastrophe models for earthquake risks in the United States will likely cut insured loss estimates 10 to 25 percent.
Insurance supervisors worldwide need to create common rules to prevent calamities such as the collapse of American International Group Inc., the deputy head of an industry oversight group said.
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