Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Thursday, January 13
Jan 13, 2011
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Florida’s state run Citizens Property Insurance is flooded with new customers adding an increased risk to all Floridians. The state run insurer now has 1.3 million customers, up 200-thousand customers from a year ago.
A local congressman is again urging President Barack Obama to bring up corrosive imported drywall while meeting with Chinese leaders.
A subsidiary of Brown & Brown Inc. acquired substantially all the assets of Nies Insurance Agency Inc.
The Florida Department of Health took a verbal bashing Tuesday from two Republican senators, who said the agency was too slow in carrying out laws aimed at curbing the state’s notorious pill mills — though lawmakers and Governor Rick Scott have added to the delays.
The chairman of the panel overseeing the Florida Senate’s Medicaid reform efforts said Wednesday that one of his goals will be to free up more funding for other areas of the state budget, like education, which could face cuts as lawmakers prepare to tackle a shortfall that could exceed $3 billion.
The Florida Medical Association hand delivered a letter on Wednesday to Governor Rick Scott outlining the organization’s intent to champion limits on lawsuits while pitching the efforts as economic development.
- Senators find out about super-secret drug contract costing state millions
- Florida Governor Rick Scott’s tax cut plans collide with state budget shortfall
- Florida Senate president: Cuts in education funding are likely
The office of Attorney General Pam Bondi yesterday asked the U.S. District Court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Amendment 6, one of two so-called “Fair Districts” amendments that limit the legislature’s ability to gerrymander districts, saying the court lacks jurisdiction in the case.
Emotions began to run high during the first-ever meeting of the House Federal Affairs Subcommittee on Wednesday, as a line was clearly drawn between Democrats and Republicans over state lawsuits against federal health care reform and new water standards imposed on Florida.
Florida politicians’ campaign theme of reining in government regulation has produced a host of unintended consequences in the Capitol, raising questions about when elected officials will act on rules that enable government agencies to do their jobs.
Anger boiled and lawmakers left dissatisfied with the answers they got Wednesday as senators grilled judges and state officials about the $49 million 1st District Court of Appeal building in Tallahassee.
- Backers of lavish courthouse in Tallahassee apologize and dodge
- Editorial: Don’t sweep courthouse scandal under the rug
The levee separating the Everglades from western communities is ‘minimally acceptable,’ according to an engineering assessment, and needs repairs.
Fixing the levee that keeps the Everglades from flooding South Florida communities could cost more and
Florida’s Senate president indicated Wednesday that the state’s high-speed rail project could move forward — if the business sector provides the $280 million required for a federal match of $2.4 billion.
You’d think Florida Republicans would be a huggy and happy bunch these days, having just swept November’s elections.
As politicians talk up the possibilities, skeptics say more gaming would be a bust for state
Senator Jeremy Ring: Bill at least a month away
Senator Jeremy Ring, D-Margate, said Wednesday he is waiting for facts before he begins crafting legislation on pension reform — but in the debate so far, both sides claim they have “facts” on their side.
Ex-Arkansas governor beating Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich by double digits
Public Policy Polling, a firm with connections to national Democrats, released a new poll Tuesday that showed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who moved to the Sunshine State last year, is the favorite to win the Iowa caucus if he decides to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
The planned revisions of a catastrophe model could cause interesting changes to the way the industry prices its property insurance, according to executives at the Property and Casualty Insurance Joint Industry Forum in New York City.
Weak pricing and limited demand has led Moody’s Investors Service to continue a negative outlook for the commercial lines insurance sector in the United States.
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