Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Wednesday, March 3
Mar 3, 2010
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Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate Sean Shaw today announced the formation of the Florida Insurance Consumer Coalition, a group of insurance consumer organizations that will work together to weigh-in and advocate for issues impacting Florida’s insurance consumers.
If an insurance company sold you a homeowner’s policy knowing that, if disaster was to strike, it probably couldn’t pay your claim, you would call that “consumer fraud” – plain and simple.
An accident victim’s lawyer this week urged the Florida Supreme Court to rule that rental car companies can be held liable for damages in an accident they did not cause in the state, even though a new federal law is designed to shield the companies.
The real estate slump and other economic woes have led Gov. Charlie Crist to pledge no money for beach restoration projects, raising questions about Jacksonville’s renourishment planned for next year.
Lisa Parry Becker, chair of the Applied Systems Client Network (ASCnet), the user group of Applied Systems’ insurance agency management software, announced today that the association will leave Orlando for the Chicago area by year-end 2010.
Doctors who treat Medicare patients said they continued appointments as usual Monday, despite a 21 percent cut in their reimbursement that went into effect because of a Congressional stalemate.
With one lawmaker describing it as a “dumping ground,” House leaders are targeting the Florida Department of Health as part of a push to save money and revamp the operations of state government.
Florida Senator Don Gaetz will be honored tonight with the American Medical Association’s government service award for a member of a state legislature. The award is being presented as part of the AMA’s National Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.
A bill designed to help struggling Florida businesses has passed the state Legislature.
As Florida spends an expected $17 billion in federal stimulus aid, legislative leaders are now backing a constitutional amendment to require Congress to curb its spending.
In a speech that at times seemed shaped as much by campaign politics as by his legislative agenda, Gov. Charlie Crist slammed “hollow ideological posturing” in his final State of the State address on the opening day of 2010 session.
Florida Senate President Jeff Atwater and House Speaker Larry Cretul opened the 2010 legislative session on a decidedly conservative note, calling for fiscal restraint in federal and state spending, shrinking government and an austere approach to budgeting.
The Republican leadership of the Florida House called for elimination of union representation for most state office workers, merging of some agencies and cost changes in employee insurance today in a long-range effort to “supercharge” state government.
As Florida legislators await budget details to be released later this week, they will hear several bills that relate to jobs and ethics reforms on their second day of session Wednesday.
The Senate cleared Tuesday afternoon a sweeping ethics reform bill for the Public Service Commission after beating back an amendment to reduce the amount of time members of the panel and their staffers would be banned from lobbying the legislative or executive branches of government.
The framework of a gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe is under way as both House negotiators and the tribe’s lawyers are working earnestly in time for lawmakers to start counting on the cash this session.
Dubbed the “Tiger Woods Relief Act” by an opponent, a bill that would dramatically limit public access to 911 emergency calls is scheduled for debate in the state House.
Ray Sansom may have quit the Florida House last week to avoid an ethics trial, but the scandal has legs in the Republican U.S. Senate primary between Gov. Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio.
Broward County’s seaport is undertaking a $2 billion expansion to prepare for an expected increase in cargo, fuel and cruise passenger traffic over the next 20 years, a massive investment that will help rev up the economy and create jobs in the area, Port Everglades Director Phil Allen said.
The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a prominent Miami-based business leader and his wife with fraud for conducting a $135 million Ponzi scheme with real estate investments from hundreds of elderly Cuban-American investors living in South Florida.
It’s a small bounce, but Florida’s population should rebound this year from its first loss in more than half a century in a hopeful sign for the struggling state economy, new estimates from the University of Florida show.
When the city of Orlando switched its 3,000 employees to Google e-mail from Microsoft Outlook in January, other governments were watching – most notably Los Angeles, which has since done the same with its 34,000 workers.
For gun owners and Second Amendment advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller was a landmark case overturning an unconstitutional ban on firearm ownership.
President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure that extends the National Flood Insurance Program through March 28.
State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says Safeco Insurance plans to offer homeowners insurance, including wind coverage, in south Mississippi.
A new insurers’ coalition has written the Senate Banking Committee asking that property and casualty carriers not be included in a measure regulating systemic risk in the financial services sector.
The captive insurance market in Missouri has exploded in size in the past year, with annual premiums for these companies reaching more than $1 billion in 2009. That’s up from $123 million in 2008.
Life/Fraternal, Property/Casualty Reports Now Posted Online
The 2009 market share data for life/fraternal and for property/casualty insurers include countrywide direct written premium for the top 25 groups and companies as reported on the State Page of the annual statement for insurers that report to the NAIC.
Ward Group, the leading provider of benchmarking and best practices services to the insurance industry and a major sponsor of primary research studies, is pleased to introduce a new research center for P&C insurance companies.
Concern is growing in California and other states regarding local governments charging accident response fees.
EU insurance watchdog CEIOPS has asked the European Commission for the final say on new capital adequacy rules for annuity providers, which British insurers say could force them to raise up to 50 billion pounds ($75 billion).
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