Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Wednesday, July 28
Jul 28, 2010
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Officials from Allstate’s Florida subsidiaries spent two hours Tuesday fielding questions at an Office of Insurance Regulation hearing in Tallahassee on their request to raise statewide rates by an average of 33 percent and 18 percent.
If insurance actuaries had their way, rates for homeowners insured through Florida’s public insurer Citizens Property Insurance would be going up 55.9 percent on average.
While some meteorologists are warning that this hurricane season could be rougher than usual, Miami developer Alan Ojeda said he isn’t worried. Indeed, it could turn out to be a marketing opportunity for him.
Lawmakers and business leaders feel the earth move under their feet as they deal with continuing sinkhole problems.
In the July edition of its newsletter, Volunteer USA Foundation announced it’s in the planning stages of a National Disaster Recovery Fund. Gulf states of Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi would partner together to coordinate recovery efforts when a natural disaster strikes.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida intends to resume the sale of new child-only policies after the Obama administration issued new regulatory guidance Tuesday evening, according to the White House.
A federal agency that tracks measures of health-care quality lists Florida’s as “average,” but barely. The arrow hovers right on the line above “weak.”
Former deputy accused of prescription shopping
A candidate for the state House and former law enforcement officer is free on bond after his arrest late Monday on felony charges of illegally obtaining 1,200 painkiller pills from five doctors over seven months.
Attorney General Bill McCollum went to the Port of Tampa Wednesday morning to tout what his campaign called a “major announcement” — an endorsement from the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The statewide business group said it’s the first time it has taken sides in a governor’s race.
Being green is not easy, especially in South Florida.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink called for Florida to revamp its energy future with consumer-focused innovations
In Alex Sink’s view of the future, homeowners could install rooftop solar panels and not pay higher taxes for lowering their electricity bills.
Like most municipalities in Florida, Tampa has cut its budget for four years in a row because of state-mandated property tax reforms and declining housing values.
GOP attorney general candidates Pam Bondi and Jeff Kottkamp traded barbs over their ties to trial lawyers
In the hotly contested Republican primary for attorney general, it doesn’t take much to start controversy.
In the next few weeks, the candidates for governor face a decision fraught with danger: choosing a running mate for the obscure position of lieutenant governor.
With more and more opportunities to wager their money – from the Florida Lottery to slot machines to Internet cafes – Floridians are looking for help with gambling problems in record numbers.
The Florida secretary of state argues in a brief filed with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal this week that Republican candidate for governor Rick Scott uses faulty reasoning when he asks the court to throw out Florida’s public campaign financing laws.
A committee of the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. board has recommended a compensation package of $264,000 annually for the insurer’s next chief executive.
Former Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John P. Crawford and insurance executive John Doak are headed for an Aug. 24 runoff election for the spot on the GOP ticket for state insurance commissioner.
In a decision that changes nearly a century’s worth of case law, Massachusetts highest court has ruled that property owners can be held liable for snow-related injuries – regardless of whether plows cleared the snow.
Twenty-five members of the House have asked federal health regulators to ensure a role for licensed insurance agents in the web portal that will be used to aid consumers in comparing coverage options.
New census data released Tuesday confirm a huge spread in the rate of uninsured from state to state and the big difference in impact that can be expected as a result of the health-care overhaul recently passed by Congress.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has released a request for proposal for a vendor to model expected losses on approximately 7,500 commercial mortgage-backed securities as of December 31, 2010.
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