January Special Session on Insurance

Governor-elect Charlie Crist and legislative leaders say lawmakers will try to tackle the state's property insurance crisis in a special session in mid-January.

In a widely expected session that will start January 16, legislators will consider proposals to shore up the insurance industry to prevent companies from dropping windstorm policies.

They will also try to avert some of the dramatic rate increases Florida homeowners have seen since the active hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005.

Homeowners from Pensacola to Key West have bemoaned triple digit homeowners’ rate increases, and demanded that state policy makers figure out some way to stop it.

A special panel appointed by outgoing Gov. Jeb Bush recently made several recommendations for potential legislation.