Tag Archives: Governor Crist

Crist Vetoes Florida Property Insurance Bill and Keeps True to a Promise He Made Four Years Ago

Politicians who keep their campaign promises should be applauded. They are a special breed, particularly when knowing that such integrity will be criticized. Charlie Crist kept his word to Floridians when he vetoed a property insurance bill that would have allowed insurance companies to raise rates by ten percent each year. His veto is a … Continue Reading

Insurance Lobby Made Property Insurance Bill Which is Awaiting Veto–or No Veto

Today is the day Governor Crist decides the fate of the pending property insurance bill by choosing whether to exercise his veto. Yesterday, investigative journalist Paige St. John‘s article, Lobby Had a Hand in Insurance Bill, was on the front page of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. While I was unsuccessfully advocating for policyholders this past legislative session, I observed the insurance lobby, … Continue Reading

Is the Proposed Property Insurance Bill Bad for the Average Florida Insurance Consumer?

Governor Charlie Crist will certainly be asking himself the question whether the property insurance legislation before him is bad for average Florida insurance consumers. Yesterday’s afternoon post, Pay Higher Premiums and Get Less Coverage Legislation — Can Anybody Explain Why This is Good for Floridians? provided a simple explanation of why many are calling for Governor … Continue Reading

Catching Up on Insurance Coverage Posts and Florida Insurance Politics

This Property Insurance Coverage Blog set record visits last month. Thank you! I noticed a significant drop as the Easter weekend started. The Florida legislature took a well deserved breather last week as well. So, it seems like it is a good time to get caught back up.… Continue Reading

A Man of His Word: Unlike Other Flip Flop Politicians on Insurance Rates, Crist Sticks to His Promise

The Florida legislator is full of "flip flop" legislators that are reversing laws made in 2005 and 2006 which supported lower insurance rates and protected insurance consumers from unscrupulous insurers. Governor Charlie Crist ran on a platform of helping Floridians keep insurance rates down and he is sticking to that promise even as other politicians … Continue Reading

“At War With The Weather” is a Must Read for Those Involved in the Debate of the Florida Property Insurance Market

My appointment by Florida’s Governor Charlie Crist to the Citizens Mission Review Task Force afforded me the opportunity to learn about and have a small voice in the Florida insurance marketplace. At War With the Weather: Managing Large-Scale Risks in a New Era of Catastrophes is a significant academic work which our regulators and legislators … Continue Reading

State Farm Tells Governor Crist It Will Not Leave Florida If Bailout Bill Is Signed

I do not know why the State Farm Florida President would write a letter to Governor Crist telling him State Farm will remain in Florida if Crist signs the bailout bill. Of course it would. What a competitive advantage a few large insurers would have over the rest of the domestic competition.… Continue Reading

Texas TWIA Bill Passes with Consumer Protections and Crist has Surplus Lines Bill

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) has a new operations plan and laws that affect it, assuming Governor Perry signs the legislation. The good news for TWIA policyholders is that the consumer protections of Chapter 541 are still in place. The bad news is that I predict rates are going to increase substantially.… Continue Reading

The Politics of Insurance: Dinallo Resigns, Crist Hints of Veto and Texas TWIA Bill in Limbo

What happened to the time when a significant insurance coverage decision arrived and everybody in my line of work analyzed that topic for several years? Now, the insurance industry is writing so many new and differently worded forms, it is hard to rely upon case decisions as being of widespread significance. If a case decision … Continue Reading

Fasano and Crist Support Insurance Commissioner McCarty from Attack by Senator Mike Bennett

The politics of insurance is tough for consumer champions. The insurance lobby has many faces and methods of forcing its position. In Florida, the dirty campaign against those governmental officials who stand up to State Farm and the big insurance industry has begun in earnest.… Continue Reading

A Balanced Perspective Regarding the Politics of Insurance Legislation

I am an advocate for insurance policyholders. I am accountable to them. Our firm accomplishes the results they expect through a "can do" outlook, innovation and the timeless All-American mother of most success– hard work. I was imagining what it would be like to make a living as an insurance industry lobbyist. Lobbyists are usually … Continue Reading