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Florida lawmakers will tackle rising home insurance costs in May in a special session

Contractors replace a roof on a Panama City resident's home almost one year after Hurricane Michael devastated the region.
Valerie Crowder - WFSU News
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Contractors replace a roof on a Panama City resident's home almost one year after Hurricane Michael devastated the region.

It will begin on May 23, days before the start of hurricane season on June 1.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has officially called for state lawmakers to return to Tallahassee next month to address the rising cost of homeowners’ insurance.

Lawmakers failed to pass measures to reduce property insurance costs during this year’s regular 60-day legislative session. They also didn’t address the issue last week when they met to pass the governor’s congressional map.

This year's second special lawmaking session is scheduled to begin on May 23 and could last through May 27. That's days before the Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1.

In a proclamation DeSantis issued on Tuesday, he attributed the rising cost of property insurance to “thousands of frivolous lawsuits” filed against insurance companies.

He also wrote that lawmakers would consider changes to the state's building codes to reduce insurance costs.

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Valerie Crowder is a freelance reporter based in Panama City, Florida. Before moving to Florida, she covered politics and education for Public Radio East in New Bern, North Carolina. While at PRE, she was also a fill-in host during All Things Considered. She got her start in public radio at WAER-FM in Syracuse, New York, where she was a part-time reporter, assistant producer and host. She has a B.A. in newspaper online journalism and political science from Syracuse University. When she’s not reporting the news, she enjoys reading classic fiction and thrillers, hiking with members of the Florida Trail Association and doing yoga.