Sunday, February 5, 2012

PIP, Citizens, aliens highlight Week 4, 2012 session

PIP and Citizens reform were at the top of measures that advanced during week 4 of Florida's 2012 legislative session. Alien insurers, annuities, commercial lines transfers, and other matters also received favorable votes. Here is a summary of the past week's action in Tallahassee:

  • Citizens depopulation. The full House approved HB 245, a somewhat controversial (but minor) measure that would enable surplus lines (non-regulated) insurers to remove policies from Citizens Property Insurance Corp. in bulk (a "takeout")The Senate version (SB 578is waiting for a vote by the Budget Committee.
For more, see House passes surplus lines bill to shrink Citizens (The Current, Feb. 3, 2012) and Week 1 - 2012 Florida Legislature (under "Citizens Property Insurance Corporation – surplus lines depopulation").
  • Citizens assessments.  A bill that would reduce Citizens regular assessments, HB 1127, was approved by a second House committee. The House Bill and its Senate companion (SB 1346) are each scheduled for one more committee meeting. So far, the bill is non-controversial and has broad support from stakeholders.
For more, see Property insurance reform has productive Week 2 (under "Reduction of Citizens Regular Assessments").
Of interest (just not as hot):
  • Annuities. Florida law governing the sale of annuities would be brought more in line with model regulations, in this measured approved in its first committee vote this week. In week 4 action, the House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee approved HB 1065, which incorporates more parts of the model regulation of the NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners). The Senate companion (SB 1476) is scheduled for its first committee hearing this coming week.
This summary was prepared by Perry Cone and posted at

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