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My Florida C F O
Weekly eNewsletter from Florida's Chief Financial Officer

Dear Fellow Floridian:

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This sentiment, that giving is greater than receiving, is what motivates countless state employees to enter public service. Over the past two years, I have been able to see firsthand the talent and commitment of the employees at my department. Public service, to them, is not just a nine-to-five job that finishes when you clock out; it is a deep commitment and a 2013 Davis Productivity Awardspersonal sacrifice to help, protect and educate our fellow Floridians. It is also a dedication to doing that without putting any more financial burdens on Florida taxpayers.

One of the ways this commitment is recognized each year is through the Davis Productivity Awards, and I personally look forward to this time each year when we are able to acknowledge those among us who have gone above and beyond. These awards represent hardworking employees who found new and innovative ways to serve Floridians, educate them, protect them, license them and help them keep more of their money in their pockets where it belongs.

I’m honored to offer my congratulations to our 2013 Davis Productivity Award winners. This year the Department of Financial Services had 27 winning nominations with a total of 124 honorees.

I am very proud to be a part of an agency where every day we strive to leave our mark on the state we call home. It’s an honor to have so many of our department’s employees recognized for their exceptional efforts over the past year. Please join me in congratulating these individuals for their innovative contributions and collaborative efforts to help serve the residents of Florida.

Jeff Atwater
Jeff Atwater
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida

News of Interest

Associated Press: Governor, Cabinet mark state's 500th

Orlando Sentinel: Florida markets tops for home-rental investments

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Spring training games bring record crowds

Palm Beach Post: Palm Beach County reigns as king of winter vegetables

Florida Trend: Richest Floridians: The Top 25

New York Times: On Florida's Space Coast, signs of comeback after end of an era

Gainesville Sun: Meet the master of business geography

Legislative Agenda

SB 464 by Senator Flores and HB 263 by Representative Mayfield

Unclaimed Property Electronic Claims Process: authorizes the Department of Financial Services to adopt rules that allow an apparent owner of unclaimed property to submit a claim to the department electronically.

  • SB 464–passed favorably by all committees of reference; on Senate Special Order Calendar for April 10
  • HB 263–passed favorably by all committees of reference; placed on House Calendar, available for Special Order

SB 422 by Senator Benacquisto and HB 301 by Representative Mayfield

The Cancer Treatment Fairness Act: requires that an individual or group insurance policy or contract or a health maintenance contract that provides coverage for cancer treatment medications provide coverage for orally administered cancer treatment medications on a basis no less favorable than that required by the policy or contract for intravenously administered or injected cancer treatment medications. The legislation also prohibits insurers, health maintenance organizations, and certain other entities from engaging in specified actions to avoid compliance with this act.

  • SB 422–passed Senate, will be messaged to House
  • HB 301–passed favorably by House Insurance & Banking Committee; passed unanimously by House Appropriations Committee; now in House Health & Human Services Committee (last committee stop)

SB 860 by Senator Galvano and HB 553 by Representative Hager

Workers' Comp Regulatory Reform: revises the duties of state agencies covered by the state risk management program with respect to funding costs for employees entitled to workers’ compensation benefits; revises immunity from liability standards for employers and employees using a help supply services company; revises and deletes penalties for noncompliance relating to duty of employer upon receipt of notice of injury or death; and deletes a requirement that a provision that is mutually agreed upon in any collective bargaining agreement be filed with the Department of Financial Services.

  • SB 860–on Senate Banking and Insurance Committee agenda for April 9
  • HB 553–passed favorably by all committees of reference; placed on House Calendar, available for Special Order

SB 1410 by Senator Simmons and HB 883 by Representative Boyd

State Fire Marshal Regulatory Reform: Fire Safety and Prevention; revising and clarifying provisions relating to the authority of the State Fire Marshal.

  • SB 1410–passed unanimously by Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, on Community Affairs Committee agenda for April 9
  • HB 883–passed favorably by House Government Operation Appropriations Subcommittee as a Committee Substitute; now in Regulatory Affairs Committee

Got an Insurance Claims Story to Share?

Florida’s Insurance Consumer Advocate and the Division of Consumer Services invite you to an Insurance Consumer Forum to share your experiences and voice your concerns with the homeowners insurance claim handling process in Florida. Insurance Consumer Forums

Both the Insurance Consumer Advocate’s office and the Division of Consumer Services work with consumers daily, via Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s toll-free Helpline at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236), to find solutions to insurance claim issues. Policyholders’ testimony gathered during the workshops will be used to push for improvements to the insurance claim handling process.

For more information please visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com/Division/Consumers , call 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236)or visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com/ICA.

Printable Forum Flyer

Forums scheduled in April and May:

APRIL23Pensacola 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Pensacola Association of Realtors
107 W. Main Street Pensacola, FL 32502

MAY22WEST PALM BEACH 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches
3200 N Military Trail, Suite 102, Boca Raton, FL 33431

MAY22FT. LAUDERDALE/BROWARD 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors East
1765 NE 26th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305

MAY23MIAMI/DADE 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Miami Association of Realtors®
700 S. Royal Poinciana Blvd, Suite 400, Miami, FL 33166

MAY23FT. MYERS 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Realtor® Assn. of Greater Ft. Myers and the Beach
4081 Center Pointe Dr, Ft. Myers, FL 33916

Florida's Bottom Line on Financial Health

Florida Economy 2012

Read the latest issue of Florida's Bottom Line, a quarterly publication about Florida's financial health, to get expert commentary on 2012 and a look at the year ahead.

In between issues visit the companion   website to Florida's Bottom Line to stay updated as new statistics emerge. The website features news and data on jobs and the economy, as well as useful resources for small businesses. Also take a look at our infographic on Florida's Economy 2012 - a visual display of the financial stats for the past year.