Particulars on Florida's property insurance coverage particular session stay scant – WPTV Information Channel 5 West PalmAugust 17, 2022
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It has been every week, and there’s nonetheless no official proclamation bringing the Florida Legislature again to handle excessive property insurance coverage costs.
Final Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis promised lawmakers have been coming again to Tallahassee in Might to sort out the reform as costs rise and firms fail.
“What I will probably be signing this week is to set the dates for a particular session in Might,” DeSantis mentioned on April 18.
Seven days later, there’s nonetheless no official name, and officers aren’t providing rather more than that.
In an e mail, the governor’s press secretary mentioned little or no: “We shouldn’t have an replace on this but, however will be sure you let you realize as quickly as we do.”
Sen. President Wilton Simpson, R-Spring Hill, additionally supplied subsequent to nothing when he was requested about it final Wednesday.
“The governor made an announcement the opposite day that we have been going to come back again, hopefully, someday in Might to try it,” Simpson mentioned.
It’s attainable GOP leaders are nonetheless debating how the reform plan will look. Calls have included growing the Florida disaster fund or additional curbing expensive litigation.
The Florida Home resisted adjustments throughout the common session.
Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, has usually mentioned he needs to see if 2021’s insurance coverage reform has an affect earlier than going additional.
Political consultants stay assured one thing will occur earlier than the November election. They consider doing nothing could be expensive.
“That is an financial concern that may be a urgent an enormous concern for lots of Florida householders,” mentioned Dr. Susan MacManus, a College of South Florida professor emerita. “Householders usually tend to vote than non-homeowners.”
Democrats, in the meantime, proceed to ding Republicans for not appearing sooner on the difficulty.
“Each day between now and that subsequent particular session is a day when Floridians are paying extra on their property insurance coverage and having much less assets to place meals on the desk and care for his or her households,” mentioned Rep. Fentrice Driskell, D-Tampa.
Each time issues are labored out, the proclamation for a particular session will possible deal with greater than property insurance coverage. The governor has mentioned he wish to see lawmakers embrace payments that got here near crossing the end line.
Condominium reform following the Surfside collapse could be amongst them.