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Florida Officials Unveil Website to Monitor Water Quality

 - 11/20/2019
Florida officials are rolling out a new online dashboard that allows the public to get a snapshot of water quality in the state’s major lakes and waterways. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the new website, protectingfloridatogether.gov , during a visit to …

Mississippi Police Officer Sues Over Gender Bias

 - 11/20/2019
A woman is suing a Mississippi police department where she was the sole female officer. News outlets report Tiffany McClure sued the city of Lumberton for discrimination on Wednesday, saying she was fired last year as a result of her …

Citizens CEO Notes Impact of AOB Reforms as New Rates to Take Effect in Florida

 - 11/20/2019
The head of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. says it is already seeing a difference in assignment of benefits (AOB) litigation since reforms passed by the Florida Legislature took effect in July. Meanwhile, many Citizens policyholders may see premium relief from …

South Carolina Family Settles Case Over DUI Crash Treatment for $550K

 - 11/19/2019
The family of a South Carolina man who was taken to jail instead of the hospital after a driving under the influence crash has been paid a $550,000 settlement. Records from the state insurance fund obtained by WCSC-TV show the …

Florida’s New Consumer Advocate Tackles Open Hurricane Michael Claims

 - 11/19/2019
Florida’s new Insurance Consumer Advocate Tasha Carter has been busy since taking office August 1. With more than 12,000 Hurricane Michael claims still open, according to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, one of Carter’s top priorities has been to …

West Virginia County Opts Out of Federal Opioid Negotiation Class

 - 11/19/2019
A West Virginia county has opted out of a federal opioid lawsuit negotiation class, allowing the county to pursue the case in state court. The Exponent Telegraph reports the Harrison County Commission opted out of the negotiation in early November …

West Virginia Judge Asks State Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Church Abuse Case

 - 11/18/2019
A West Virginia judge is looking to the state Supreme Court for guidance after dismissing a case that alleges a Catholic diocese and its former bishop knowingly employed pedophiles. Wood County Circuit Court Judge J.D. Beane on Nov. 6 tossed …

AM Best Assigns Credit Ratings to North Carolina’s Synergy Insurance Company

 - 11/18/2019
AM Best has assigned a financial strength rating of A- (excellent) and a long-term issuer credit rating of “a-” to Synergy Insurance Company based in Charlotte, N.C. The outlook assigned to these credit ratings is stable. The ratings reflect Synergy’s …

Another $180M Approved for North Carolina Disaster Aid, Prep

 - 11/18/2019
Another $180 million in state funds are going to help with disaster recovery following hurricanes Matthew, Florence and Dorian and to prepare for North Carolina’s next storm. The state House and Senate voted on Thursday for a negotiated package that …

Two Large Yachts Destroyed in Predawn Fire at Florida Marina

 - 11/18/2019
Authorities say a huge fire has destroyed two large yachts in South Florida, sending flames skyward and leaving millions of dollars in losses. No injuries were reported in Saturday’s pre-dawn fire. Fort Lauderdale Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan told news outlets …

Florida Expands Access to Insurtech Services and Devices

 - 11/18/2019
On June 28, 2019, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 301 into law and, in doing so, loosened regulatory restrictions and allowed insurers and their agents to utilize innovative technologies to reduce perils to insureds and the costs to …

Former North Carolina Insurance Chief Goodwin to Seek Post Again in 2020

 - 11/15/2019
North Carolina’s insurance commissioner from 2009 through 2016 wants the job again. Democrat Wayne Goodwin announced Tuesday he’ll run for commissioner next year, setting up a potential rematch with current Commissioner Mike Causey, the Republican who beat him in 2016. …

North Carolina Officials Vote to Reopen Island Damaged by Hurricane Dorian

 - 11/15/2019
County commissioners on the North Carolina coast have moved to reopen an island ravaged by Hurricane Dorian. Acting on a recommendation from the Ocracoke Control Group, the Hyde County Commissioners on Monday adopted the proposal to open the island to …

Carolina Amusement Park Fined $42K by OSHA Over Maintenance Worker Injury

 - 11/15/2019
Federal safety officials have fined an amusement park on the North Carolina-South Carolina line after a maintenance worker was injured last March. The Charlotte Observer reports the Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied a $42,000 fine on Carowinds after finding …

7 Appointed to Georgia Medical Marijuana Commission

 - 11/15/2019
Georgia officials have made appointments to the state medical marijuana commission, a key step toward implementing a law designed to increase patient access. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and House Speaker David Ralston announced seven appointments Tuesday. …