Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Wednesday, May 26
May 26, 2010
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Citizens Property Insurance drew fire again for its no-bid contract. Citizens has not taken well to the press coverage – dismissing it as having “inaccuracies,” according to a spokeswoman.
Here on Florida’s Gulf Coast, we sit and wait and wonder: Will our homeowners insurance absorb some of the sticky, smelly loss should the BP oil spill soil our property?
Here’s hoping no hurricanes hit Brevard County or Florida this year, but now’s the time to get ready for what could be an active season.
Last Thursday, while visiting with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel editorial board, Gov. Charlie Crist once again demonstrated just how misinformed – or disingenuous – he really is when it comes to Florida’s property insurance market.
Citing specific circumstances of questionable claims denials, Florida’s Insurance Consumer Advocate Sean Shaw today sent a petition to the Office of Insurance Regulation requesting an investigation into The Hartford’s use of video surveillance when denying disability benefits.
Annual ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign runs through June 6
South Florida law enforcement agencies say they will be out in force through June 6 looking for drivers and passengers who aren’t wearing seat belts.
City officials took one more step Tuesday toward regulating the dispensing of prescription drugs.
This year, just before midnight as the budget negotiations were coming to a close, some lawmakers engaged in the worst kind of special-interest sausage-making and slipped in language to a budget bill (HB 5603) that would benefit a few powerful workers’ compensation insurance interests at the expense of hard-working Floridians.
As Republican leaders offer dire warnings about states’ cost burden under federal health reform, a new report says moving nearly 1 million Floridians into the Medicaid system would dramatically reduce the number of uninsured people in the state — with Washington picking up most of the tab.
- Louisiana’s Revamped Medicaid Program Will Likely Attract National Insurers Ahead of Reform-Related Medicaid Expansion
A few months after a 10-year-old child was placed with eight other children in a Tampa foster home overseen by a single mom, a 13-year-old boy sneaked into his room and raped him in 2005.
- Former Florida Lead Assistant Regional Counsel, Department of Children and Families Attorney Join Colodny Fass
The hospital admitted him as Racko Petro. The funeral home interred him as Racko Petro. When it came time for the $500,000 life-insurance policy, the payout went to the supposed wife of Racko Petro.
Eleven members of the Florida delegation in Washington have sent a letter to Gov. Charlie Crist today strongly urging he call a special session on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban offshore drilling.
Oil-spill politics got messier on Tuesday, with Gov. Charlie Crist threatening to force lawmakers into a special session and a key senator lambasting the governor for responding too little, too late.
- Governor Charlie Crist the target of frustration over state’s oil spill response
- Attorney General McCollum sends letters to BP
- Gov. Crist announces Florida oil spill ad campaign
- Florida tourism has yet to feel spill’s chill
Marco Rubio wants Americans to work longer and retire later, a stand that has drawn criticism from his Senate rivals.
Southern states – including Florida – lead the nation in having the highest percentage of people who wind up paying no annual income taxes to the federal government.
Challengers hope to dim Wasserman Schultz’s luster
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D- Weston, is arguably South Florida’s brightest political star – and facing an unprecedented field of challengers fighting to take her seat.
Democrat Alex Sink said Tuesday she wants to meet with Bud Chiles, son of the late Florida governor, who continues to consider challenging her for the party’s nomination for governor.
The bill would require state agencies, such as the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Department of Environmental Protection, to assess the impact any proposed rule will have on the state’s economy.
I just received word that former State Sen. John Ostalkiewicz – a strong conservative who pushed Mel Martinez into a runoff in the 1998 race for county chairman(mayor) – has passed away. He was 57.
The ratio of late or unpaid loans on the books of Florida banks rose to 7.74 percent in the first quarter from 6.59 percent for the same three-month period in 2009 and 2.66 percent in 2008, according to Condo Vultures.
U.S. officials pressured Chinese manufacturers on Tuesday to pay for problems caused by imported drywall in thousands of homes in Florida and other states.
The Texas Department of Insurance has filed a proposed rule that would prohibit the use of discretionary clauses in life, accident, and health insurance policy forms.
Details not yet set, spokesman says
State Farm officials plan to seek a rate increase this year in at least some parts of Mississippi, company representatives said Monday.
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., the nation’s largest car insurer, is the first to apply to the California regulator to offer pay-as-you-drive coverage in which motorists get discounts for travelling less.
Two trade groups for New York insurance agents are suing the state’s insurance regulator over new rules that will force them to reveal to clients how much they are paid for a particular transaction.
Nationwide Mutual closed its U.S. hurricane and earthquake catastrophe bond programme at $185 million, pushing the year’s total issuance towards $2 billion, as investors prepared for the upcoming U.S. wind season.
Officials with the American Association of Managing General Agents expressed confidence that few, if any, changes would be made to the surplus lines reform measure contained in the financial reform act now headed to a Congressional reconciliation committee.
Zurich is now offering all commercial property/casualty agents, whether Zurich-appointed or not, free access to 50 specialty insurance programs.
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