Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Wednesday, June 10
Jun 10, 2010
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Gov. Charlie Crist made the right move recently in vetoing a property insurance bill that would have made it easier for insurance companies to hike the rates of Florida consumers.
Florida’s legislative battle to allow trucking companies to haul 8,000 more pounds than is currently allowed by federal law has become a nationwide issue.
Angry bicyclists are hoping to strike back and repeal a law taking effect in September that would force them to ride in bike lanes or hug the right side of the road.
A two-day sting has led to the closure of 70 Florida businesses — including 24 in South Florida — because of violations of the state’s workers’ compensation laws.
Alaska, Hawaii and North Carolina get thumbs up while New Jersey, New York and Florida get thumbs down for their tort liability costs in the latest ranking by a free-market think tank.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Maurice Ferre says the U.S. spends an “absurd” amount on end-of-life care and should gradually move to a universal health system in which the government controls costs by setting prices for medical procedures and capping expenditures based on age and medical condition.
Holly Benson, a former state legislator who’s running for state attorney general, is structuring her Republican primary race around the state’s lawsuit to block federal health care reform.
An oil-spill command center is being set up in a downtown Miami office building to oversee the state’s crisis response to Florida coastal communities other than the Panhandle.
Gov. Charlie Crist said he was not ruling out legal action against BP in the oil spill
A panel of lawmakers, business owners and bureaucrats appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to review the economic fallout from the Gulf oil spill flirted briefly Wednesday with the idea of litigation against BP and other companies responsible for the environmental and economic disaster.
Senate President Jeff Atwater has told the Select Committee on Florida’s Economy to look at the impact that the Gulf oil spill has had on the state’s economy.
- Behind beaches, Florida banks hurt, too
- Dealers beg for oysters as BP checks flow
- Florida universities push for $100 million research grant from BP
Senate President Jeff Atwater told the Times/Herald today that he has asked Senate staffers to look at what the Legislature can do to help businesses crippled by the oil disaster and believes a summer special session on tax breaks and financial assistance could happen.
The Commission on Ethics announced Wednesday that it found no probable cause that Public Service Commission member Lisa Edgar of inappropriately communicated with a Florida Power & Light attorney through her adviser during a hearing on the utility’s fuel costs.
In a stunning display of the power of television advertising, two ultra wealthy candidates for the top statewide offices in Florida have enjoyed massive surges.
- Scott leading McCollum in GOP governor’s primary
- Poll: Chiles’ Gubernatorial Candidacy Hurts Alex Sink
A fierce battle has broken out over who should be in control of the state’s multi-million campaign to keep teenagers from smoking.
U.S. Census estimates say Florida’s population growth rate is continuing to decline. Among the nation’s leaders in unemployment and home foreclosure rates, Florida gained just 114,091 residents from July 1, 2008, to July 1, 2009. After averaging about 2 percent growth for much of the decade, the rate dropped last year to 0.6 percent — the lowest of the decade.
The State Attorney’s Office will attempt to have the recently overturned W.D. Childers’ case heard again before a federal appeals court.
It’s intended to help drivers who need to drive to work, but have racked up sizable fines
Ellis White remembers the day his 2-year-old granddaughter asked him why he didn’t drive. “That really hurt,” said White. “I had to tell her that I’d lost my driver’s license.”
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two Gulf Coast attorneys who had accused former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs and associated law firms of using money owed to them in a scheme to bribe judges and other elected officials.
A proposal to shield Mardi Gras float-builders from some liability claims for accidents on the parade route was scuttled by a Louisiana Senate committee after opponents argued the state shouldn’t give such protections to private companies.
In a unanimous decision this week, the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld a 2008 order by Insurance Commissioner Ken Ross that denied the state’s property insurer of last resort an 18.9 percent rate hike.
Wages from multiple jobs can be combined to calculate workers compensation benefit levels, Ohio’s Supreme Court decided in ruling against a unit of FedEx Corp., which is self-insured.
Gov. David A. Paterson has signed legislation that gives the state the power to block what it deems unreasonably high health insurance premium increases for millions of New Yorkers.
Connecticut got a B on a report card measuring how friendly state insurance regulation is to consumers and insurers, according to a report released this week by The Heartland Institute, a conservative and free-market think tank based in Chicago.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is expressing its support for portions of U.S. House and Senate financial reform bills that preserve state-based insurance regulation.
Guy Carpenter & Co. L.L.C. said Thursday it has named Liz Flynn as global chief operating officer, succeeding Charlie Fry, who has left the company.
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