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Florida Legislature turns blind eye to property insurance reform

Monday, August 13, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Corey Mathews
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Florida Legislature turns blind eye to property insurance reform

By Toluse Olorunnipa

With the backing of Gov. Rick Scott, and a mostly silent Legislature, Citizens has advanced an aggressive agenda of higher rates and reduced coverage.

TALLAHASSEE -- Property insurance reform was nowhere to be found among Gov. Rick Scott's "legislative priorities” during this year's lawmaking session in Tallahassee.

But even as Scott pushed publicly for lawmakers to pass bills on car insurance reform, job creation incentives and education funding, he was working behind the scenes on another significant project: A massive overhaul of Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

The goal? Shrink Citizens drastically without involving the Legislature, which historically has set policy guidelines for the state-run insurer.

"We have to have real solutions, and I, along with everybody else up here, we expect the Citizens board to find them,” Scott told then-Citizens president Scott Wallace during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet last November.

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