June 23, 2022
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DeSantis sets dates for property insurance session

By on April 26, 2022 0

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that lawmakers will return to the Capitol in late May for a special legislative session to address rising state property insurance rates.

The Republican set the May 23 session for May 27 and tasked the GOP-controlled state house with reviewing legislation on property insurance, reinsurance and building code changes.

In his proclamation, DeSantis wrote that there is a need to stabilize the insurance market ahead of hurricane season. He also cited various problems with the state market, including high litigation rates that are driving up premiums and insurance companies that have recently gone insolvent.

There have been growing calls for the governor to convene a special session on property insurance to deal with soaring rates and other market issues. Lawmakers failed to pass property insurance bills in the regular legislative session, which ended in March.

The Legislature held a controversial special session last week on redistricting Congress, passing a map drawn by the DeSantis administration that has already sparked a legal challenge.

Lawmakers also passed a bill last week to dissolve a private government that Walt Disney World controls over its property in the state. DeSantis signed the bill Friday.

The move punishes the entertainment giant for opposing a law that prohibits teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade as well as lessons that are not “suitable for age or development. The law, which critics call “Don’t Say Gay”, was signed in late March by the governor.