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Joe Henderson: Flood insurance reform must be priority

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The images of sunken cars, water-soaked homes and submerged streets in the aftermath of hurricanes in Florida and Texas should be enough to convince politicians to finally address the issue of flood insurance. Millions who need coverage don’t have it or can’t afford it. It’s an old problem in states like ours, and it’s time to fix it – past time, really.

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Florida Realtors legislative recap shows what successful Session looks like

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Florida Realtors really want you to know what a successful Legislative Session looks like. To celebrate the close of a “triumphant” 2017 Session – including passage of the state’s $82.4 billion budget – Florida Realtors released a recap of its major victories, bills and budgetary items of interest to real estate professionals statewide. Florida Realtors 2017 president Maria Wells says: “Your investment in the Florida Realtors PAC ensured Realtor-friendly legislators were elected. During committee weeks and session, you made your…

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Flood insurance, HMO liability legislation clear Senate committee

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A Senate committee approved bills Tuesday that would encourage Florida insurers to write flood insurance as an alternative to expensive federal coverage, and would allow patients to sue HMOs for declining to cover doctors’ treatment recommendations in bad faith. “Why shouldn’t the HMOs be held liable for the decisions they make and the doctors aren’t making, and people are dying? I just don’t think that’s equitable,” said Sen. Greg Steube, the Sarasota Republican behind SB 262, the HMO bill. Existing…

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Larry Ahern files bill helping to reduce flood insurance premiums

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Seminole Republican Larry Ahern is looking to help flood insurance policyholders with a plan to reduce insurance premiums. On Thursday, Ahern filed HB 613, which instructs the Division of Emergency Management to set up a matching grant program for up to $50,000,000 annually to local governments for technical and financial assistance in implementing policies to reduce risks of flood hazards. The bill also requires the DEM to develop a ranking system for applications, with specific criteria for prioritizing those applications.…

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Jeff Brandes wants transparency in National Flood Insurance Program rates

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Florida state Sen. Jeff Brandes wants FEMA to release data from flood insurance policies under the National Flood Insurance Program to determine whether or not the premiums assessed for policies are excessive or arbitrarily assigned. In a letter to Florida’s Office of Insurance Regulation Commissioner Kevin McCarty Wednesday, Brandes argued there were 100,000 fewer flood insurance policies in effect this June compared to last May. Homeowners face as much as 25 percent rate increases each year for non-primary residences and…

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Flood insurance flexibility bill goes to Rick Scott’s desk for approval

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A measure sponsored by state Sen. Jeff Brandes aimed at increasing flexibility and lowering premiums on insurance premiums has made it as far as the Governor’s Office, where it sits pending his approval. SB 1094, which replaced the House version sponsored by fellow Pinellas County Republican state Rep. Larry Ahern — both of whom represent moderate coastal districts where flood insurance is a far hotter issue than abortion or gay adoption — is almost certain to meet with approval by Gov.…

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