Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Wednesday, May 20
May 20, 2009
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Fitch Ratings agency is advising that the Florida property insurance market is “fragile” and remains a “peak risk zone.”
The three most significant means to reducing property insurance premiums are increased competition, shared risk and reduced losses.
The shortfall in available funding for the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (FCHF) has raised concerns that it may not be able to meet its liabilities if there is a large hurricane this year.
The premium costs for the more than 26,000 households in Tampa with flood insurance policies are now lower.
The Environmental Protection Agency has found sulfur and other materials in a small sampling of Chinese-made drywall, which some officials and residents blame for sickening fumes and corroding metal in homes in several states.
Congress: Panel out to make it harder for overseas makers to avoid liability
Tainted Chinese drywall was center stage Tuesday at a U.S. Senate hearing probing the challenges involved in suing foreign manufacturers of defective products.
Two weeks before hurricane season starts, President Barack Obama’s pick to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency made his debut, stressing the importance of disaster preparedness at home.
The plan includes a nationwide database of thousands of places to go in an emergency.
Federal officials on Tuesday announced a new national shelter system to help locate temporary housing for victims of hurricanes and other natural disasters.
The insurance companies are again crying the blues, and the politicians are preparing to bow to their wishes.
Here’s some news that should come as no surprise to South Florida drivers: The Sunshine State ranks 43rd in the nation, with an average test score of 74.1 percent, according to the 2009 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test.
Blue Cross Blue Shield has joined with consumer and union groups to urge Gov. Charlie Crist to veto legislation they claim will inflate health care costs.
Gov. Charlie Crist told a luncheon crowd Tuesday that he was proud to stand up for the $787 billion federal stimulus package, addressing an issue already seized upon by his main opponent in the upcoming Republican U.S. Senate primary.
Florida’s massive game of political musical chairs continued Tuesday with a scramble for the legislative seat of Senate President Jeff Atwater, who as expected opened a campaign for the statewide post of chief financial officer.
State Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, is considering a run for the post of Florida attorney general, an elected position that also may be coveted by his longtime friend, Republican Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp.
A good circus is underway in the tent that is the Brevard County Republican Party.
Former state Rep. Curtis Richardson joined the race Tuesday to succeed state Sen. Al Lawson, saying his experience in state government and rural communities best prepares him for the job.
It is still 18 months from election day, but the two major parties are clearing their respective fields in the governor’s race.
A bill developers and legislators argue could jump-start the building industry likely would encourage sprawl on the Treasure Coast and leave taxpayers paying for development, area officials said.
Get ready to pay more for smoking cigarettes in Florida.
Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced Florida’s participation in a nationwide enforcement effort against fraudulent charitable solicitors which claim to help police, firefighters and veterans, among other supposed charitable causes.
A new anti-healthcare fraud mission aiming to fight billions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid scams from Miami to Los Angeles will be unveiled today by the Obama administration.
After a caution from President Barack Obama, federal disaster officials said Tuesday they are redoubling efforts to close gaps in their 2009 hurricane preparedness plans.
U.S. military insurer USAA has sold a $250 million catastrophe bond, $100 million larger than initially planned, investors said on Wednesday.
Less than two weeks from the start of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season, the offshore oil and gas industry is still addressing weaknesses exposed by Ike, Gustav and other hurricanes that ripped through the Gulf of Mexico in recent years.
Activists backing President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul are asking the Justice Department to open a wide-ranging investigation of what they say is monopoly-like power in the hands of major insurers.
Allstate Corporation said today it won’t participate in the government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program, saying it already has adequate capital and cash on hand.
The Senate voted Tuesday to put Gary Gensler in charge of helping the Obama administration clamp down on financial firms that make risky bets in the derivatives market, less than a decade after he opposed doing so.
A federal court has approved the distribution of more than $843 million to harmed investors at insurer American International Group, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday.
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