Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Thursday, November 19

Nov 19, 2009



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BLOG:  Bennett bill would affect insurance commish’s job security

In politics, payback can be a real …well, you know, female dog.


FPIC Insurance Group, Inc. Announces Florida Insurance Guaranty Fund Assessment

FPIC Insurance Group, Inc.announced today that the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (“Florida OIR”), at the request of the Florida Guaranty Association (“FIGA”), has levied an assessment upon subject property and casualty insurance companies operating in Florida to secure funds necessary for the payment of claims covered by FIGA and related administration costs.


CFO Sink Sweeps Jobsites To Protect Florida Workers, Cracks Down On 55 Employers

Florida CFO Alex Sink today announced that her Division of Workers’ Compensation has completed a statewide sweep of construction and non-construction industries, interviewing more than 900 employers and employees at hundreds of jobsites across Florida. 


Tammy Teston Named as Florida Department of Financial Services Chief of Staff Today

Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink announced today, November 19, 2009, that Tammy Teston will replace Jim Cassady in January 2010 as Chief of Staff of the Florida Department of Financial Services.


Jacksonville’s Availity, state roll out Medicaid medical record network

Beginning Thursday, no matter where most of Florida’s 2.6 million Medicaid recipients go for health care, their medical records will travel with them.


EDITORIAL:  Emergency response

In emergencies, time is of the essence.


Florida employers face a huge jump in unemployment compensation taxes

Small businesses in Florida battling the Great Recession have a new foe on the horizon: skyrocketing unemployment compensation taxes.


Florida Senate Creates Budget Office

The Florida Senate has created a new Budget Office that will be responsible for providing independent analyses of state government agency operations, including overlapping agency jurisdictions and functions, the financial structure of agencies, sources and uses of revenues, expenditure patterns and performance evaluation.


Reagan to pass on state Senate

State House Speaker Pro Tempore Ron Reagan, R-Bradenton, confirmed Wednesday that he will not run for the state Senate when his current term expires.


Republican attorney gunning to make history in House District 78 seat

A Boca Raton attorney has filed to be the first Republican in 12 years to challenge for the historically Democratic state House District 78.  Meanwhile, Boca Raton chiropractor Steve Perman is going to take a third run


Weakness in home starts is revealing

The budding economic recovery is getting little help from the home building industry, which normally creates jobs and boosts growth as a recession ends.


Florida to Receive More than $30 Million for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Projects

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that DOE is awarding $30,401,600 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to Florida to support clean energy projects across the state.


Florida offers $5,000 to turn Prius hybrids into electric plug-ins

Anyone looking to convert a Toyota Prius into a plug-in electric vehicle can get $5,000 from the state to cover some of the cost.


Consumer advocate, FPL make last argument in rate-hike battle

Customers of Florida Power & Light deserve a rate decrease, not an increase, because the company’s request for a $1.3 billion annual hike is ”a conglomeration of extreme positions and excessive demands,” Florida’s consumer advocate argued in a final brief filed Monday with state regulators.


Florida to seek $1 billion in U.S. education grants

Eligible for up to $700 million in competitive federal grants for education, Florida anticipates asking the federal government for even more than that.

A couple hundred million ain’t bad, but why not go for a billion?


Gov. Crist orders review of Juvenile Justice Secretary Peterman’s state travel

Gov. Charlie Crist ordered an internal investigation and a citizen lodged an ethics complaint Wednesday over the extensive taxpayer-funded travel of Juvenile Justice Secretary Frank Peterman between the state capital and Tampa, near his family home.


Negligence Ruling in Katrina Floods May Cost Feds

The federal government could be vulnerable to billions of dollars in claims after a judge ruled that the failure to properly maintain a navigation channel led to massive flooding in Hurricane Katrina.


NAIC Selects PIMCO To Help Evaluate Insurers’ RMBS Holdings  

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners announced it has selected global investment management firm PIMCO to reassess investments that insurers complained were undervalued by major rating firms.


Judge in Marsh case dismisses charges against three

A New York judge has dismissed criminal charges against two former Marsh Inc. executives accused in connection with a bid-rigging and price-fixing scheme at the broker.


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