Sen. Flores: Add consumer advocate, require S. Fla. members on Citizens’ board

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The Citizens Property Insurance board of directors would be expanded by one member with the addition of a consumer advocate, while two members would have to come from South Florida, according to a bill filed by Senator Anitere Flores of Miami.

Flores’ proposal, (Senate Bill 1428) would give the state’s chief financial officer – who already has two appointments to the board – a third selection, this one to serve as a consumer advocate. The governor, House speaker and Senate president each also make two appointments to the board. Flores also proposes one member be a Miami-Dade County resident and another come from Monroe County. Current board Chairman Carlos Lacasa is from Miami-Dade County. Other members are from Pinellas, Orange, Duval, Palm Beach, Alachua and St. Johns counties. A seat that falls under CFO Jeff Atwater’s list of appointees is currently vacant.

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