Florida Senate Democrats Discuss Property Insurance Issues

Jan 4, 2007

The Senate Minority Office held a press conference today to discuss property insurance issues in Florida.

To read the press release, click here.

The press conference drew several television cameras and at least five print reporters. Senate Minority Leader Les Miller (D-Tampa), a candidate for an open Congressional seat, Sen. Ron Klein (D-Boca Raton), a candidate for Congress against incumbent Clay Shaw, and Sen. Skip Campbell (D-Ft. Lauderdale), a candidate for Attorney General, accused the Republican Legislature of giving insurance companies breaks while getting nothing in return for homeowners. Even more harsh, the accompanying press release stated, “you’re either with the insurance industry, or you’re with the homeowner.”

The Senate Minority Office is encouraging the Senate Banking & Insurance Committee to take up Senate Bill (SB) 780 by Senator Ron Klein (D – Delray Beach), the “Homeowner Defense Act” that would impose a “loyalty clause” prohibition on cancellations, extend coverage for wind-driven rain, repeal rate arbitration, institute prior approval and abolish use and file, and provide for insurer-paid public intervention in rate filings. Senator Klein’s bill has not yet been referred to Senate Committees or placed on any Senate committee agenda, including the Senate Banking and Insurance agenda. Attached you will also find a copy SB 780.

We will continue to monitor develops and provide updates as the Session continues. Please feel free to contact this office with any questions or concerns that you may have.



67_Senate Minority Release.pdf