Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Tuesday, March 16
Mar 16, 2010
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A Clearwater-based property insurance company is the latest Florida company to run afoul of Florida insurance regulators.
Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty ordered Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company to pay a $10,000 fine within 30 days for violating Florida’s insurance regulations and come into compliance with the state’s rules or face losing its license.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency doesn’t want to get involved in the Chinese drywall fiasco.
State Senator Mike Bennett (R-Bradenton) and State Representative Scott Plakon (R-Longwood) have filed legislation that requires that the Financial Services Commission reconfirm the appointment of the Director of the Office of Insurance Regulation and the Director of the Office of Financial Regulation every 2 years. The Financial Services
Following up on a 2008 Constitutional amendment aimed at promoting renewable energy upgrades and hurricane prevention, a House panel today approved a measure to prevent appraisers from including such upgrades in a home’s assessed value.
In a 4-to-1 vote, the city of Gulf Breeze passed a resolution on Monday to join cities across the state lobbying legislators to authorize traffic-light cameras.
While conceding no dollar amount has been set, Senate President Jeff Atwater said today the Senate is committed to rolling back at least some of the $500 million worth of motor vehicle fees approved just last spring.
Alzheimer’s patients getting community or home-based care through a Medicaid waiver program in four Florida counties, including Palm Beach County, are being reminded that the pilot program is set to expire and they need to figure out how they’ll get care when it does.
With lawmakers eyeing an expanded Medicaid managed-care system, a House panel today approved a bill designed to be an alternative — creating a system of physician-driven “medical homes” across the state.
State General Revenue Fund to receive $3.3 million
Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that Florida will receive $6.5 million from a settlement with Dey L.P. and Dey, Inc.
Officials with the state of Kentucky and senior-living facility operator Signature HealthCare LLC confirmed Monday that the company will move its headquarters to Louisville from Palm Beach Gardens.
Governor Charlie Crist today announced the appointment of Keith Reeves, 53, of Lakewood Ranch, owner, Capital Crescent Advisors, to the Board of Employee Leasing Companies.
The debate about a top legislative priority for the Florida trial lawyers — a bill to increase the financial damages recoverable from governments — led a House committee Tuesday to dissolve into chaos.
Florida’s Department of Community Affairs made sweeping changes as the state continues pushing to spend federal housing money.
The state Department of Community Affairs announced a series of sweeping changes Friday to a widely criticized housing program, including the dismissal of a senior staffer and a streamlined grant approval process.
As the 2010 legislative session enters its third week, the pace of lawmaking has begun to quicken and an array of issues is moving to the forefront including two bills that would dismantle a major state agency, the Department of Management Services, and divide its duties among other agencies – including the elected post of chief financial officer.
- Florida lawmakers avoid debates on growth management
- Editorial: Dismantling Florida Department of Management Services is grandstanding
House Speaker Larry Cretul has aborted his push for a bill to keep 911 call tapes secret, citing pressure from First Amendment advocates, broadcasters and crime victims.
With its chief proponent saying he is in no hurry, the push to open Florida waters to oil and gas drilling inched past another milestone Monday when a House panel was briefed on a report by a Florida think tank.
Tom Doolan, a Democrat from Mascotte, has dropped out of the race for the congressional seat now held by Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville.
Brevard’s hardest-fought political race almost certainly will be the Republican primary for state House District 31, which includes the South Beaches and most of the Melbourne area east of Interstate 95.
It will determine population, size and shape for legislative districts.
On the day about 9 million Floridian households received their U.S. census forms in the mail, reporters were shown a demonstration of software that will be used to determine the population, shape and size of congressional districts and state House and Senate districts.
Horizon Bank intends to appeal a prompt corrective action directive ordering the bank to raise more capital or sell itself.
At first glance, this might seem to be a good time to hold a job in Florida as an advocate and protector of open government.
U.S. insurers would be monitored by a new Office of National Insurance and risk managers could have easier access to surplus lines markets under legislation proposed Monday.
Insurance representatives said it is unclear how promptly and in what form the House will act on new Senate legislation to extend the National Flood Insurance Program to Dec. 31.
The head-to-head legal battle over Chinese drywall remediation that was supposed to occur last month in federal court finally began Monday, as plaintiffs’ attorneys squared off against those representing a Chinese manufacturer whose product was used in a Louisiana home.
A Louisiana parish council is asking hundreds of companies that make money on community contracts whether they also buy insurance from an agency owned by a former parish administrator.
David A. Sampson, president and CEO of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, issued the following statement in response to the new draft financial services regulatory reform bill released today by Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) of the Senate Banking Committee.
Kimberley Strassel’s “Carbon Caps Through the Backdoor” (Potomac Watch, March 5) on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ effort to impose climate-risk disclosure rules on insurance companies correctly highlights the concerns of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies and the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, whose member companies account for more than 70% of the property/casualty insurance market in the U.S.
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