Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Tuesday, March 2
Mar 2, 2010
Note: Until today’s Florida legislative bill filing deadline, Capitol to Courthouse Headliners will provide a listing of insurance-related bills filed each day. This listing is located at the end of the news headlines.
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The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday on a rate hike request from ACA Home Insurance Corp.
Just five years ago, hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne rocked Florida. One by-product of that destructive 2004 hurricane season is an army of public insurance adjusters in the state that has more than quadrupled.
Suspects accused of stealing more than $240K in insurance fraud scam
Florida CFO Alex Sink today announced the arrests of five individuals involved in defrauding Zurich Insurance Group, including Zurich claims adjuster Donald Alfred Toohey, III, 30, by creating multiple falsified and fabricated claims in excess of $240,000.
Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate Sean Shaw today delivered a report to legislative leadership detailing the recommendations collected from two property insurance roundtables aimed at improving the property insurance claims process for Florida consumers. Representatives from the insurance industry, public adjusters, property insurance loss appraisers, umpires and attorneys participated in the roundtables.
The move was meant to save lives.
Homeowners Choice Inc. plans to sell up to 1.2 million shares of preferred stock.
Hundreds if not more than a thousand North Naples residents could be in for a reduction in their homeowners insurance rates after the North Naples fire department recently improved its fire protection rating with the Insurance Services Office, an independent company that collects and evaluates information related to risk.
With controversy surrounding their use and lawsuits pending in court, lawmakers again are expected to wrangle with red-light cameras when they return this week for the 2010 legislative session.
Appellate decision backs ruling for man, 3 children in Beth Hippely’s death.
At long last, Deane Hippely’s legal battle with Walgreens appears to be over.
As Florida lawmakers try to crack down on notorious pain clinics, a debate is seething on whether to limit dispensing of pain pills to three days’ worth.
The Sunshine State ranks high as a vacation destination but it ranks low as a destination for federal funding for disease and injury prevention.
Jamie Siebert of Fort Myers regularly makes three-hour round trips to Sarasota so her daughter can see an orthodontist who will accept her Medicaid.
It’s opening day for the 2010 Florida legislative session. First up in both chambers Tuesday are two similar bills (HB 7033, SB 1666) that would delay an unemployment compensation tax increase for two years.
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The Florida House wasted no time, passing a law to delay a costly increase in the state’s unemployment insurance tax.
In an annual game of beat the clock, lawmakers fanned across the capital Monday with dollar signs in their eyes, chasing campaign cash from lobbyists.
2010 promises to be the year when the national conservative movement begins to change the Florida Legislature – specifically the Senate, long a speed bump to the House’s traditionally conservative ideas.
Legislators resume attempts to come to a gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe as other players push to add more games and gambling options.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida will be at the center of the debate when lawmakers return to the issue of gambling this year.
Bank of Coral Gables said on Monday that it has agreed to a consent order with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Florida Office of Financial Regulation.
Marco Rubio is trouncing him in the polls, raising big money and turning into a Republican superstar.
Rep. Greg Evers has qualified by petition to be placed on the ballot to run for the District 2 Florida Senate seat.
Leodon “Leo” Killinger doesn’t have a laundry list of criticisms to levy against U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite.
A 44-year-old retired Army staff sergeant aligned with the Tea Party movement is gunning for a state House seat now held by Republican Ron Schultz of Homosassa.
In 1866, a New York court began its decision with “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” Just a reminder: The Florida Legislature opens today.
Is an auto accident that kills one bicyclist and then within seconds injures a second considered one event or two under Georgia insurance law?
No-fault automobile insurance, once seen as a way to limit court costs and lower premiums, has declined in popularity among both insurers and consumers because it largely has failed to accomplish either goal, according to a new study issued by the RAND Corp.
Congress’ inability to renew the National Flood Insurance Program has potentially dire consequences, Federal flood agency management officials warned.
Florida insurance-related bills filed on Tuesday, March 2, 2010:
HB 1563 Relating to Commercial Insurance by State Representative Brad Drake
Would exempt specified categories or types of insurance, as well as types of commercial lines risks from specified filing and review requirements. The bill also would require specified information to be maintained by insurers and be subject to review by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. It also would exclude commercial motor vehicle insurance from certain motor vehicle insurance rate filing requirements. Effective Date: January 1, 2011
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