Property Insurance bill passed by Legislature
By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Customers of the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. could be paying 10 percent more for their property insurance by Jan. 1.
The Senate passed the bill (HB 1495) on a 32-6 vote Friday a few hours after the House passed an amended version 80-35 following nearly two hours of debate.
The legislation limits the annual rate increases to no more than 10 percent a year for more than 1 million Citizens’ customers until the company reaches an actuarial level that makes it solvent and able to pay claims in a timely manner.
The bill also reduces the state’s $20 billion exposure on the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund by $2 billion annually for six years.
It now goes to Gov. Charlie Crist.