Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Tuesday, September 29

Sep 29, 2009



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Florida Insurance Market Is in for Changes

Citizens Property Insurance. Next year, the first rate increase no more than 10% for any customer at state-subsidized Citizens takes effect since a freeze three years ago.


Florida Workers’ Compensation Guaranty Fund Elects Directors

The Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurance Guaranty Association announces its newly elected / re-elected board of directors.


Florida’s Patriot Risk Management Subsidiary Forms 25th Agency-Owned Captive for Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Patriot Risk Management, Inc. (PRMI) announced today that its subsidiary Patriot Underwriters has finalized its 25th new agency-owned captive for workers’ compensation insurance in 2009.


Governor Crist Announces Executive Director of Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Governor Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet today unanimously voted to appoint Julie L. Jones of Tallahassee as executive director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.


Crist: KidCare? Not mine

Gov. Charlie Crist told two national cable news programs this morning that his Cover Florida program could serve as a model for national reform — even though the number of Floridians without insurance has actually grown since it started — and distanced himself from his previous support for the Florida KidCare program.


Governor Crist appoints 10 to the Medicaid Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee

Governor Charlie Crist today announced the following reappointments and appointments:


Blog:  McCollum, Crist delay Sink’s push for SBA expansion

CFO Alex Sink speaks with urgency about her desire to expand and better train the board that oversees Florida’s pension fund, but the governor and the attorney general running against Sink for governor opted this morning for a slower, more measured approach.


Trial lawyers, black lawmakers, blasting lobbying group over racial mailers

Florida’s trial bar lobby is coming under double-barreled fire over a race-baiting mailer from a recent election that has prominent contributors ready to quit and black legislators demanding the organization “clean house.”


Relying on Gambling Revenue: A Sucker’s Bet

Gov. Crist wants a special session to get the Legislature to ratify a new gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe. Under the terms of the proposed compact, the state would get a nice cut of the tribe’s action; an estimated $6.8 billion over the next 20 years.


Rush is on to save Florida’s space jobs

President Barack Obama is in for an earful from Florida elected officials and space industry leaders who promised Monday to launch an aggressive, coordinated campaign to limit the pain resulting from the space shuttle’s retirement.


Consumer confidence up in Fla., down in U.S.

Floridians are a bit more confident in the economy, with the consumer confidence level up three points to 74 in September, according to a new University of Florida survey.


Marsh Launches Global Risk Management Information System for Commercial Real Estate Firms

Web-based RealSTARSTM Tracks Exposures, Loss Prevention, Claims, Compliance Practices Across a Global Portfolio of Diverse Assets

As commercial real estate firms work to navigate the numerous challenges associated with the global economic downturn, Marsh, the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor, has developed a cost-effective Web-based risk management information system that gives real estate owners, managers and developers the ability to identify, quantify, and manage risk across an entire portfolio.


Guy Carpenter Named Best Large Reinsurance Broker at 2009 Reactions Global Awards

Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC was named “Best Large Reinsurance Broker” at Reactions magazine’s 2009 Global Awards dinner, held September 24 in New York.


Who pays in drywall suits?

Lawyers representing homeowners and home builders who used drywall suspected of causing corrosion and possible health risks say they expect Chinese companies that made the wallboard to ignore hundreds of lawsuits filed against them in U.S. courts.


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