Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Wednesday, June 30
Jun 30, 2010
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Thomas Gallagher, Florida’s former CFO and insurance commissioner, has joined the board of Coral Gables-based Professional Bank.
The 2010 hurricane season began June 1, and forecasters predict we could experience multiple hurricanes this year. While many Floridians have their households prepared for a storm, the state of Florida is woefully unprepared.
One of the new laws extends a public-records exemption provided to insurance companies that furnish hurricane-loss models to the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology. It effectively sterilizes public debate about the way property insurance companies set rates. Scheduled to be repealed on Oct. 2 of this year, the exemption will be extended until 2015.
Just in time for Florida’s summer lightning season, a $9.8 million grant will greatly expand research operations at the University of Florida and Florida Institute of Technology International Center for Lightning Research and Testing.
The allegations of wrongdoing at WellCare Health Plans Inc. continued Tuesday with the unsealing of two more whistle-blower complaints against the Tampa company.
A Homeland Security computer system now links to all Florida county jails to quickly identify foreign nationals who could be deported because of crimes
Federal immigration officials now have the ability to identify potentially deportable foreign nationals booked into Florida county jails on suspicion of crimes.
In quick fashion, the legislature-dominated Public Service Commission Nominating Council voted to interview 18 candidates for the two position on the state utility board and refused to interview Gov. Charlie Crist’s appointees PSC chairwoman Nancy Argenziano or his appointee Nathan Skop.
- FPL plans to ask for rate increase
- Debate over cap-and-trade politics trickles down to Sarasota-FPL negotiations
- Blog: Plans announced for Florida’s largest solar plant – without new state subsidies
The Port of Jacksonville’s foreign trade zone is the third best of its kind in the world, according to a foreign direct investment magazine.
Since making the switch from Republican to independent candidate for U.S. Senate, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has received his fair share of flack. But the anger from those who once supported him has yet to die down.
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Greer ally Delmar Johnson III makes deal, will not go to prison
Jim Greer, former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, called a friend at a Tallahassee law firm in February 2009, asking for help in setting up a company.
Poker pros are renting houses in South Florida, hoping to pick off the fish who don’t know how to play higher stakes
A new era in Florida poker begins July 1.
Along with ads for payday-advance loans and roadside signs touting foreclosure-prevention aid, offers of help from debt-relief companies have turned up nearly everywhere during the housing slump and recession.
The Gulf oil spill is weighing on Florida consumers’ minds, combining with other economic concerns to lower their mood to spend.
Northern Hillsborough and Pasco voters will have two choices for state senator on the November ballot: the winner of the Republican primary or a blank line for a write-in candidate’s name.
Florida Attorney General candidate Dan Gelber resigned from his law firm after it was retained by BP, but not soon enough for his Democratic primary opponent, Dave Aronberg.
Atlanta, Houston, Baltimore and Little Rock, Ark. are among the 10 cities receiving grants to hire a senior city official who will help develop a program to increase volunteerism.
Under a House bill signed by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, the state will be allowed to take earmarked anti-fraud money and transfer it into the state’s general fund for non-fraud purposes.
Habitat for Humanity, the well-known non-profit Christian organization that builds affordable homes for people in need, installed a specific type of drywall in several dozen New Orleans homes in 2009 long after it was made public that the product could be defective.
When U.S. Representative Richard Neal (D-MA) introduced HR 3424, a bill aimed at closing what its proponents describe as a “loophole” in the U.S. tax code, he ignited, or more properly reignited, a longstanding controversy. Should foreign reinsurance companies, principally those based in Bermuda with U.S. affiliates, who write business in the U.S., continue to deduct the payments these affiliates make for reinsurance premiums to their offshore counterparts?
Print it yourself. That’s what New Jersey’s insurance regulator is telling insurance agents about their insurance licenses.
Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler and more than two dozen insurance companies have launched a new program to help Green River Valley businesses struggling to find flood coverage.
In the wake of the financial crisis, the captive industry is running into new stumbling blocks that can triple the time it takes to set up a captive, according to a captive manager here.
A federal lawsuit filed by the fourth largest U.S. auto insurer alleging patent infringement on a motor vehicle monitoring system spotlights serious concerns about privacy.
Bermuda’s insurance regulator says efforts are continuing to achieve regulatory equivalence with the European Union’s Solvency II standards, but it is being done in a way that is consistent with the nature of the Bermuda market.
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