Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Tuesday, September 1

Sep 1, 2009


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Citizens downgrades coverage on mobile home policies, but not premiums

When Joyce and Bill Lovejoy moved into their Barefoot Bay manufactured home in February 2004, they paid $500 annually in insurance premiums.


THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:  SBA To Begin Quarterly Public Briefings

In May, Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink lit into the State Board of Administration for what she felt was a lack of information from the agency to its executive branch overseers and called for a revamping of the SBA governing structure.


Governor Crist proclaims September as Florida Preparedness Month

Governor Charlie Crist today proclaimed September 2009 ‘Florida Preparedness Month.’ 


Help Finding Property Insurance

Trouble finding property insurance? Citizens Property Insurance Corporation promotes the Florida Market Assistance Plan.  


Brown & Brown, Inc. Announces the Acquisition of the Group Employee Benefits Division of Roussel & Associates, LLC

C. Roy Bridges, Regional Executive Vice President of Brown & Brown, Inc. and Steve R. Roussel, owner of Roussel & Associates, LLC, located in Brentwood, Tennessee, today announced that a subsidiary of Brown & Brown has acquired the group employee benefits division of Roussel & Associates.


Editorial:  Red-Light Cameras: Legislature Asleep at Wheel

When it comes to ensuring safety on the highways, the Florida Legislature is stuck on red.


24/7 Road Ranger service returns to Broward, Palm Beach; State Farm sponsorship continues

No need to worry about getting stranded at night on the interstates in Broward and Palm Beach counties.


THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA: Ruling may expand cases covered by newborn brain injury fund

An appeals court ruling this month may significantly broaden the number of brain injuries covered by a “no fault” insurance fund for birth-related injuries.


UF study of Medicaid program shows savings

Florida Medical Association:  Insurers simply using “tortuous claims approval process”

A new study for the first time suggests that the Medicaid payment experiment that is being tested in Northeast Florida is accomplishing one of its primary goals: saving taxpayers money.


THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:  gaming foes, spurned tracks make Seminole deal ‘no slam dunk’

While Gov. Charlie Crist and the Seminole Tribe again celebrate having reached an agreement on Indian gaming and skeptical lawmakers begin weighing the details, critics of the deal are beginning to surface, not least of which are the tracks who aren’t included.  


Drivers crash state’s computer system in late scramble to avoid fee hikes

Desperate to avoid higher fees that take effect Tuesday, Florida motorists clogged driver’s-license and tax collector offices across the state, leading to long lines and crashing the state’s overwhelmed computer system.


Florida Builders, Associated Industries Recognize Senator Fasano  

State Senator Mike Fasano recently received two prestigious awards from statewide business organizations.


Dana Young announces candidacy for Florida House, District 57

Dana D. Young, a long-time South Tampa resident has just filed as a candidate for the House of Representatives District 57 seat currently held by Rep. Faye Culp, who will not be seeking re-election in November of 2010 due to term limitations.


State sunk by tax cap

Perhaps no other state depends on growth as much as Florida.


THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA: Florida Investment Hit By Real Estate Bust

Buying in at the peak of the market, Florida lost $250 million since 2007 on a New York City real estate deal that went south with the commercial bust, state investment executives told Gov. Charlie Crist and other top state officials Tuesday. 


Editorial:  Act like real regulators

Health and safety violations at Florida hotels and motels need serious attention

Florida’s $65 billion-a-year tourism industry has faced a lot of challenges in recent years, from hurricanes to spikes in gasoline prices to a meltdown in the nation’s economy.


U.S. climate change bill hits new Senate delay

Senate Democrats on Monday said they will delay introducing a climate change bill for a few weeks and aim to unveil legislation that is high on President Barack Obama’s agenda later in September.


Blog:  As Private Insurers Reap Profits, Alabama Beach Pool Strains to Cover Coastal Homeowners  

Private property insurers across Alabama have earned significant profits in the last few years, but many of those carriers have dropped policyholders in Mobile and Baldwin counties, which are along the coast.


D.C. Gets New Insurance, Securities & Banking Director 

Gennet Purcell has been appointed commissioner of the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking for Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced today.


Some Texas Windstorm Policyholders Must Buy Flood Coverage

Some property owners in Texas coastal counties that seek wind insurance coverage from the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association will be required to buy flood insurance equal to at least 90 percent of the property’s value, or the maximum available from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), under new Texas Department of Insurance rules, the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) reports.


FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair:  The Case Against a Super-Regulator

The Obama administration has proposed sweeping changes to our financial regulatory system.


Motor Carriers Hit Over Safety; Are Insurance Limits Too Low?

A new analysis of government data reveals that more than 28,000 motor carrier companies that operate 200,000 trucks have violated federal safety regulations.


Reinsurers See Drops In Surplus, Combined Ratio, RAA Reports 

U.S. reinsurers took a beating in their surplus during the first half, seeing a drop of $6.9 billion from last year-down 9.5 percent to $65.9 billion in 2009-but their combined ratio improved by 3.7 points, according to the Reinsurance Association of America.


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