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Office of Insurance Regulation veteran Belinda Miller announces retirement

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Belinda Miller, a stalwart of Florida’s insurance regulation efforts since 1985, will retire on July 2, but plans to keep her hand in the industry via consulting work. ”I’m going to retire from the state,” Miller said during a telephone interview Thursday. “It’s just time. I’ve been there a long time, so I’m going to play a little bit.” She expects to do some work for Celtic Global Consulting, the firm former Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty set up after he…

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Insurance interests “look forward” to new commissioner

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Insurance-related concerns reacted with cautious optimism to Friday’s naming of David Altmaier as Florida’s new Insurance Commissioner. “The Personal Insurance Federation of Florida is committed to working with the new commissioner to increase the health and stability of the property and casualty insurance market in Florida,’’ Executive Director Michael Carlson said in a statement. The group represents Allstate, Castle Key, Progressive and State Farm insurance companies in Florida. It says its members write “nearly half of all auto policies in Florida…

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David Altmaier named Insurance Commissioner

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A 34-year-old former high school math teacher was named Friday to be the next Florida Insurance Commissioner. David Altmaier, 34, currently a deputy commissioner at the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR), starts on Monday. Altmaier, who will be paid $165,000 a year, began at OIR as an insurance examiner in 2008. The selection caps off weeks of indecision. Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater have deadlocked at two previous Cabinet meetings. State law dictates they first have to agree on…

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Top state officials still can’t agree on new Insurance Commissioner

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A second Florida Cabinet meeting has ended with no agreement on a new state Insurance Commissioner. Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater again deadlocked on Tuesday, further stalling the process. In a near replay of the last meeting, an intransigent Scott again moved to hire retired insurance executive Jeffrey Bragg. An equally intransigent Atwater declined to second the nomination after an almost palpably long silence. Under state law, Scott and Atwater first have to agree on one candidate. The Office Of Insurance Regulation is under the Department…

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Could new Insurance Commissioner be hired Tuesday?

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And then there were four. Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet are scheduled to interview four candidates Tuesday for the position of state Insurance Commissioner. The Cabinet meeting kicks off at 9 a.m. in the Capitol. The interviews, which could result in someone being appointed at the meeting, are last on the agenda. Time is of the essence: Hurricane season starts June 1. “The coming … season should produce a near-average 12 named storms before it ends in November,” Insurance…

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Jeff Atwater selects three for OIR top job

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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater again picked state Rep. Bill Hager and two others to be interviewed for state Insurance Commissioner at next Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting. The decision came in a Thursday email. The current commissioner, Kevin McCarty, plans to leave the post this year. Hager, a former Iowa Insurance Commissioner, is Atwater’s choice but Gov. Rick Scott wouldn’t second the nomination at the last meeting. Under state law, Scott and Atwater first have to agree on one candidate. The Office of Insurance…

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If quarterbacks don’t decide this Super Bowl, then who will?

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The quarterbacks. When there is an NFL game played, form the lowliest preseason game to the Super Bowl, it’s always about the quarterback, isn’t it? From Joe Montana to Tom Brady to Terry Bradshaw to Bart Starr. From Trent Dilfer to Brad Johnson to Jeff Hostetler to Mark Rypien, the Super Bowl is a quarterback’s game. You can be Joe Namath or Doug Williams or John Elway, and your franchise depends on you. But if this game isn’t about Carolina’s Cam…

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