Offensive mounted to stop amendment to strip bill of provision requiring Citizens to adequately protect Fla’s mobile/manufactured home owners

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A staff amendment to House Bill 573, being proposed in today’s House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee, would strip the proposed legislation from language to require Citizens to adequately assess the value of manufactured and mobile homes and reinstate coverage for mobile home-related structures. The bill, as originally filed by Representative Ed Hooper and Senator Aaron Bean, presented a critical fix to ensure adequate property insurance for the estimated 165,000 mobile and manufactured home owners insured by Citizens, according to a release sent out in early February by manufactured/mobile home industry advocates. The bill, as originally filed, would serve to “better to protect the people who can least afford to go uninsured and who cannot find insurance in the voluntary market,” industry leaders have stated. The amendment up for consideration today, would essentially take these provisions out of the bill and place the Florida’s vulnerable home owners at continued risk.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.