Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Tuesday, June 9
Jun 9, 2009
The Florida Chamber of Commerce announced State Senator Garrett Richter, above, as the 2009 Most Valuable Legislator.
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The Florida Chamber of Commerce released a poll it says shows that 60 percent of Florida voters believe Governor Charlie Crist should sign HB 1171, a bill which deregulates pricing for some large property insurers, while 24 percent disagree.
United Insurance Holdings Corp. announced today that Nicholas Griffin, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, resigned from the Company, effective June 5, 2009, to pursue another opportunity.
Releases Annual Publication Reviewing 2009 Legislative Session
Today, the Florida Chamber of Commerce announced Senator Garrett Richter as the 2009 Most Valuable Legislator, along with 21 additional Distinguished Advocates who fought for Florida’s employers throughout session.
If governor signs legislation, revenue may have to be found elsewhere
City commissioners passed an ordinance in January that would have allowed the Tallahassee Fire Department to assess fees for responding to serious car crashes. Now, revenue from those fees may have to be found elsewhere, TFD Chief Cindy Dick said.
Florida’s economy is built on small businesses. And some of the most important small businesses in Tallahassee – and every other community in our state – are insurance agencies operated by local entrepreneurs.
FEMA idea to use foreclosed homes for Florida hurricane refugees has merit
With hurricane season upon us, FEMA has come up with a good idea that should be pursued: Using foreclosed homes to shelter Florida evacuees and refugees if a storm such as Hurricane Katrina devastates part of the state.
Shortly after Frances Gari-Colon moved into her Riverview townhome, she started to get itchy eyes and headaches. Then the air conditioning unit stopped working – the copper coils turned black. The builder replaced them, but it happened three more times.
The Florida Department of Health is taking air samples from a home in South Florida built with tainted Chinese drywall.
Company Looks to Exit Chapter 11 in Q3 of 2009
WCI Communities, Inc. announced today that it filed a Plan of Reorganization and related Disclosure Statement for itself and approximately 130 of its wholly owned subsidiaries in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware; the impact of potential Chinese drywall claims was cited as a factor.
The gruesome scene of a man struck and killed by lightning in Coral Springs and a house up in smoke from a strike in Weston were grim reminders Monday afternoon of South Florida’s status as the lightning capital of the nation.
Governor Charlie Crist today signed House Bill 255 relating to pest control, which ratifies the IPCC which is a 37-state cooperative effort to help fund the control, suppression or elimination of agricultural pests.
Soggy potatoes rot in fields; processors idle
As farmer Stanford Robertson stood in his empty potato packing plant, surrounded by turned-off machines and empty boxes and bags that should be filled with produce, he said he worried about his 50 seasonal and full-time workers that won’t get a paycheck this week.
Supporters of Senate Bill 1122, on managed care, claim that all the bill does is change to whom the insurance company sends the check for payment of covered medical services rendered by an out-of-network medical provider. Instead of sending a check to the insured patient, the check would be sent directly to the provider of services.
Nine people die every day in Florida from abusing prescription drugs, according to state officials.
Alex Sink, the state’s chief financial officer and a candidate for governor, launches her campaign with a speech aimed at letting voters know who she is.
Alex Sink, vying to be Florida’s first female governor, stood before hundreds of enthusiastic supporters and spoke with great affection about childhood mornings spent on her family’s North Carolina farm.
A new poll on Florida’s race for governor shows Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink slightly ahead of Attorney General Bill McCollum, but that may be just because she’s a Democrat — and a woman.
Dennis Baxley, a leading voice for social conservatives in Florida and formerly a major powerbroker in the state House of Representatives, has endorsed Marco Rubio for senator.
Democratic state Sen. Dan Gelber of Miami Beach officially began his campaign for state attorney general Monday, about a week after bowing out of a tough race for the U.S. Senate.
Backers of a proposed state constitutional amendment that would give residents control over changes to local land-use plans believe they have enough signatures to get onto the 2010 ballot. But that’s only if a pending Florida Supreme Court decision goes their way.
A federal bankruptcy judge blocked large investors in BankUnited Financial Corp. from trading stock or convertible debt in a bid to preserve potentially valuable tax credits belonging to the thrift holding company.
The risk — and look — of bias is too great, the Supreme Court decides in a 5-4 ruling. Chief Justice Roberts dissents along with Scalia, Thomas and Alito.
Reporting from Washington — The U.S. Supreme Court put elected judges on notice Monday that they must step aside from deciding cases involving big-money donors who helped them win their jobs.
The House plans to speed up consideration of a measure to reform regulation of surplus lines insurance and reinsurance, insurance lobbyists said today.
U.S. catastrophe reinsurance rates may rise about 15 percent next month after the financial crisis eroded insurers’ capital and as the market for catastrophe bonds to offset potential hurricane losses remains limited, insurance broker Aon Corp. and reinsurers including Munich Re said.
National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) President Sen. James Seward (NY) today urged Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner-who orchestrated an insurance reform summit at the White House last week-to expand future outreach efforts to include state legislators, governors, and attorneys general.
Alabama may not opens its doors as wide this year for hurricane evacuees from Louisiana and other states.
While more than 1,000 homes across the West burn each year in forest and brush fires, only a fraction of federal efforts to reduce fire danger in the region has been concentrated in the communities at greatest risk, a group of scientists found.
A bill that would have banned credit scoring in Connecticut was altered and then died in the Senate at the end of a legislative session characterized as “challenging” by one insurance industry representative.
A global survey of 111 financial institutions including insurers has found only 36 percent have an enterprise risk management (ERM) program, the Deloitte consulting firm said.
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