The Office of Insurance Regulation will hold a public hearing next month in Tampa on proposed increases in homeowners and sinkhole insurance rates for the state's largest insurer that have stunned some customers with their magnitude.
The sinkhole coverage increases proposed by state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. range from no increase in some areas of the state to a proposed average increase of 2,226 percent in the Orlando area. Statewide, the proposed sinkhole premium increase is nearly 450 percent.
A trio of Democratic state lawmakers say they'll file legislation to prevent lawyers who leave the attorney general's office or certain other agencies from going to work for a company that had been under investigation while they were there.
The move is in response to one former lawyer in the attorney general's office having done that, but there are at least two other lawyers who worked for the office who also worked for some of the foreclosure-related law firms and services companies that have been under investigation by the state.
Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday defended his decision to hire tea party activist Robin Stublen as a new "deputy director of public liaison" at $70,000 a year, pledging to "hold him accountable" to the taxpayers.
Stublen is one of seven people working around the state with a goal of keeping their ear to the ground for what the public wants, Scott said. While Stublen is just one of two deputies in the office, his hiring drew immediate criticism from Democrats and other critics of the Republican governor, who has gotten heavy backing from the tea party movement.
Money to pay for an adequate court system will be a priority for the Scott administration, Gov. Rick Scott told prosecuting attorneys Monday, but he also challenged the court system to be efficient.
Scott's remarks echoed similar ones to the Florida Bar Association earlier this year. Nevertheless, the fact that he is repeating the pledge appears to lend credence to his assertion that it will be a top concern.
The state veterans agency on Thursday said it is open to changes in a list of veterans proposed as inductees for a new state Hall of Fame after an African-American state senator complained it was overly white and called on Gov. Rick Scott to reject it.
The list, which is made up only of former governors, includes six who served in the Confederate military and one convicted of and jailed for "intimidating Negroes." It was created by the state Department of Veterans Affairs, which quickly moved to assure the public that it is not a final list.
Gov. Rick Scott will add 200 more jobs to his tally this week when he trumpets the opening of Keystone Terminal at the port in Jacksonville, and the terminals first customer, Vulcan Materials.
While the jobs, to be announced in a celebration ceremony on Wednesday at the terminal, will be created on Scotts watch, theyre like some others the governor has claimed credit for in that theyve been in the works since long before he was elected.
The four Republican candidates for U.S. Senate generally agree on most issues facing the nation, with a couple of minor exceptions, and spent most of a debate on Thursday directing most jabs not at each other but at Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, President Barack Obama and former Gov. Charlie Crist.
Attorney General Pam Bondi suggested Thursday that the issue of whether online travel bookers should pay taxes on the full amount that customers pay for a room, or the discounted rate, needs to be cleared up after years of legislative inaction, possibly by a Department of Revenue rule.
Such a rule likely couldnt take effect without legislative approval anyway, though, because the law gives lawmakers the final say when executive agency rules cost more than a certain amount.