Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Thursday, February 26
Feb 26, 2009
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Zurich North America Commercial announced today that it will begin accepting new business in 11 South Central and Southeastern states through its new Zurich Integrated Products unit, which services commercial customers in between the small-to-middle market segments.
Group Calls for New Public-Private Partnership to Manage Hurricane Insurance and Protect Florida’s Future
A group of concerned Floridians announced today the formation of a new coalition to address Florida’s hurricane-plagued residential insurance market.
Governor Charlie Crist is reportedly preparing to recommend a merger of the two largest state health agencies into one, a proposal that would affect thousands of state employees.
The House Appropriations Committee’s Homeland Security Subcommittee held a hearing Thursday on “Disaster Response: Is FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) up to the Challenge?” Among the witnesses was Craig Fugate, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is endorsing Lakeland lawyer and state Rep. Dennis Ross’ run for the 12th Congressional District seat being vacated by Adam Putnam, according to local Republican Party sources.
Gov. Charlie Crist’s political mantra has been to hold down property insurance rates, taxes and almost anything else costly for people he wants voting for him next year.
Victims of Chinese drywall are balking at a waiver agreement that is being required by Lennar Corp. in order for repairs to be made at their homes.
A study released Wednesday reports that Miami is the most expensive place for healthcare in the country, with its costs rising much faster than the national average over a 15-year period.
President Barack Obama told the nation Tuesday night that the nation must get control of health spending immediately.
People seeking a new or renewed Florida driver license or identification card must now provide two forms of identification and proof of their Social Security number and residential address.
After years of tepid support, the House on Wednesday approved a giant budget bill with $183 million for Everglades projects, including $60 million for bridging the Tamiami Trail.
Calls on Floridians to help ensure accurate 2010 Florida Census
As part of his ongoing effort to ensure Florida receives its fair share of federal funding, Governor Charlie Crist today signed Executive Order 09-41, creating the statewide 2010 Sunshine Census Complete Count Committee, and appointed 45 Floridians to serve on the committee.
The 80-year-old mastermind of the successful Florida Prepaid College Program says he is willing to spend a half-million dollars to fight proposed legislation that would allow universities to increase their own tuition, fearing it will kill the prepaid program by making it too expensive for parents.
After flirting with tax breaks and minor subsidies for years, Florida lawmakers got serious about renewable energy in 2008. Big time energy reforms were discussed, but the ideas were new in Florida and lawmakers mostly delayed action.
Lobbyists reaching for their BlackBerry devices were taken aback by the text message: “Having a FR on 3-2. … Hoping u can help. Call with Questions. Peter.”
The leader of state House Republicans is sounding the alarm about a group of activists who want to host Florida Muslim Capitol Day.
In a few days, when the calendar rolls from Feb. 28 to March 1, yet another batch of public e-mails will disappear forever from Florida state lawmakers’ files. With both time and integrity on the line, perhaps the Legislature could take a lesson from the city of Venice.
Rerouting freight trains around Lakeland would cost between $638 million and $1.3 billion, a Florida Department of Transportation consultant said Wednesday.
Federal investigators are alleging that a University of Florida professor and three other members of his family fraudulently received millions of dollars from NASA and then allegedly funneled money to their personal bank accounts, court documents show.
Police officers and firefighters in Jacksonville can retire after 30 years on the job and receive a pension amounting to 80% of their salaries.
The U.S. Senate Banking Committee has scheduled a hearing on March 5 to examine government aid to insurer American International Group Inc.
With the March 1 statutory financial statement deadline days away for insurers, states continue to weigh in on how variations from prescribed capital and surplus requirements will be treated.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners named its 2009 funded and unfunded consumer liaison representatives Thursday, February 26, 2009.
Congress should concentrate on drafting legislation to reduce systemic risk to the financial system before tackling solvency and consumer protection in the insurance sector, the chief executive of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America said.
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