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Florida legislature passes a massive property insurance bill

House Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast opens the Special Session Monday, Dec. 12, 2022, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla.
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House Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast opens the Special Session Monday, Dec. 12, 2022, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla.

It passed mostly along party lines as Republicans used their supermajority power in both the House and Senate to reject every amendment put forward by Democrats.

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Florida lawmakers have passed a massive property insurance bill — mostly along party lines as Republicans used their supermajority power in both the House and Senate to reject every amendment put forward by Democrats.

Republicans and Democrats agreed the goal of passing property insurance legislation should be to drive down rates. But the two sides differed on how to get there. The GOP-sponsored bill takes a market-based approach. It seeks to cut back on fraud and litigation—two factors the industry says are driving up costs. Republicans say the changes will lead to lower rates.

But the measure contains no guarantees rates will go down. And that was a problem for Democrats.

The minority party also opposed a provision in the bill that would lower the eligibility threshold for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, the state-run insurer of last resort.

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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.