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Don Gaetz’s Legislative Report

May 29, 2010

Press Release: 2010 Legislative Session Report The 112th session of the Legislature reflected the struggles of Florida families and businesses during the most challenging economic conditions since the Great Depression. Hard times brought rapidly increasing demands…


State Farm goes for huge rate increase again

December 10, 2008

Sun Sentinel reports: State Farm Florida Insurance Co. now wants a 67 percent average statewide property insurance rate increase, months after Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty said he would reject the insurer’s proposed 47 percent rate…


Legislature fails on insurance

May 12, 2008

Our state reps – Dave Murzin, Clay Ford, Greg Evers and Ray Sansom – will all try to convince us that they accomplished great things during this year’s legislative session. However, they failed to address property…


Report: Insurers fleece public

January 12, 2008

I love the St. Pete Times. Here is a report that it did on how the big insurance companies have ripped off their policyholders. The property insurance industry not only racked up near-record profits in 2007…


Insurers may be sued

December 19, 2007

Miami Herald reports that Gov. Charlie Crist has appointed three high-powered lawyers to file a class-action lawsuit against the insurance industry on behalf of state residents. Crist said his legal office has engaged the help of…


Insurers have record profits

November 26, 2007

The Pensacola News Journal reports that insurers area worried about 2008 hurricane season. Allstate and the Hartford companies want major rate hikes that they claim are needed to get through the 2008 hurricane season/ They are…


Small victory in Insurance War

October 3, 2007

In the PNJ: The insurer agrees to lower its premiums an additional 2 percent — bringing the total cut since June to an average 9 percent — to comply with new laws passed in January. But…


State Farm, thanks for the memories

July 20, 2007

State Farm made $5.32 billion last year. Yet it “must” drop homeowner policies in our area. The insurance giant has over covered the Outzen home since 1986. Last Jan. they raised our premium from $3800 to…


Wernicke nails it

June 10, 2007

In his Sunday column (Carl Wernicke: Our real problem remains insurance ), Carl Wernicke nails it. Insurance is a much bigger issue than property taxes. The Insurance companies continue to make billions, but whine that they…


State of the Union health insurance misfire

January 26, 2007

President Bush’s plan to help families and individuals pay for health insurance won’t work in Pensacola. In our area, it’s estimated 1 in every 5 residents are uninsured, or about 61,400. Nearly 4 out of those…


Legislature has property insurance plan

January 22, 2007

Key legislators reached a final compromise Sunday night on how to solve Florida’s property insurance woes.Full House and Senate will vote today on the plan. Private insurance companies: Private insurers, which cover more than half of…


Rubio calls for December insurance conference

November 29, 2006

Set for Dec. 4-6 Here is a quote from the letter House Speaker Mario Rubio sent out to incoming State House members: “The purpose of the conference is threefold. First, we want to ensure that all…


Future job for Holly possibly AHCA Secretary

November 28, 2006

Sources have revealed that the post for which local state Rep. Holly Benson is competing is Secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration (ACHA). According to its website, ACHA “champions accessible, affordable, quality health care…


Insurance reform Bush-style

November 15, 2006

The Property and Casualty Insurance Reform Committee, led by Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings, will meet today in Tallahassee to finalize more than 50 recommendations. Here are few: Allowing homeowners without mortgages to buy property policies that…