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Governor Signs Property Insurance Bill

Governor Signs Property Insurance Bill

Governor Ron DeSantis has signed this year’s primary property insurance bill, SB 76, into law.  Most of the bill’s provisions take effect July 1, 2021. The legislature passed SB 76 after extended debate leading into and during the 2021 legislative session.  As is often the case during the legislative process, the final bill reflects a […]

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Hurricane Season Begins with Prediction of Above-Average Activity

Hurricane Season Begins with Prediction of Above-Average Activity

As the 2021 hurricane season begins, forecasters look for this year to bring an above-average level of tropical activity.  Just this week, the Tropical Meteorology Project in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University (CSU) updated its projections and continues to believe this year will produce an above-average number of storms.  Its forecast […]

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Questions Remain After Property Bill Passes Late in Session

Questions Remain After Property Bill Passes Late in Session

The 2021 Florida Legislature spent several months evaluating property insurance reform proposals.  The committee hearing process included testimony from Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation CEO Barry Gilway and many others.  Despite these months of analysis, the primary property insurance reform bill (SB 76) was amended several times in the last week of […]

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Window Closing on 2021 Session

Window Closing on 2021 Session

The 2021 legislative session is entering its final week, barring an extension.  As usual, key insurance legislation remains unresolved in the session’s final days. The session began two short months ago with Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier and Citizens Property Insurance Corporation CEO Barry Gilway discussing problems plaguing Florida’s residential property insurance market.  Commissioner Altmaier later […]

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Florida Leads Nation in Homeowners Litigation by Staggering Margin

Florida Leads Nation in Homeowners Litigation by Staggering Margin

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) recently analyzed nationwide homeowners insurance claims and litigation data and reached a well-known but unfortunate conclusion–  Florida leads the country in litigation by a staggering margin. OIR aggregated market conduct survey data related to lawsuits opened throughout the United States from 2016 through 2019 (the last year for […]

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Florida Legislative Session Begins

Florida Legislative Session Begins

The annual 60-day legislative session begins in Florida on March 2, 2021.  This session will feature accommodations designed to limit exposures to COVID-19.  This includes most public testimony being presented by video stream from an offsite location in downtown Tallahassee. From an insurance perspective, the session will include substantial discussion about the auto and property […]

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DFS Outlines Limits Services by Unlicensed Agency Personnel

DFS Outlines Limits Services by Unlicensed Agency Personnel

In most its recent Insurance Insights update, the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) reminded licensees that unlicensed personnel can perform only limited activities within an insurance agency. Rule Chapter 69B-222, Florida Administrative Code, outlines permitted and prohibited activities for unlicensed personnel.  The rules focus on ensuring that unlicensed individuals are involved in certain types […]

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Committee Meetings Begin with Property Market Overview

Committee Meetings Begin with Property Market Overview

The Florida legislature is returning to Tallahassee and preparing for its upcoming 2021 legislative session.  Several key legislative committees hold hearings this week including the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee. The agenda for this week’s Banking and Insurance Committee meeting consists of presentations by Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier and President and Chief Executive Office of […]

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Altmaier Takes Over as NAIC President

Altmaier Takes Over as NAIC President

Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier takes over as president of the NAIC effective January 2, 2021.  Altmaier succeeds outgoing president Ray Farmer of South Carolina. Commissioner Altmaier has served as Florida’s Insurance Commissioner since 2016.  He previously held held several positions within the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation including Chief Analyst of the Property and […]

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Third District Upholds Restriction on Post-Loss Assignments

Third District Upholds Restriction on Post-Loss Assignments

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal (DCA) added to a list of cases upholding the ability of policyholders to assign post-loss benefits under insurance policies.  The Third DCA reached this decision based on prior caselaw in Florida.  However, the court also  acknowledged that the Florida legislature revised Florida law in this area after the events […]

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