Special Legislative Session Possible

The governor says state lawmakers may dip into the treasury to help Floridians deal with the rising cost of homeowner insurance.

Jeb Bush says he's willing to call a special session of the Legislature in October if they can come up with a plan to deal with the insurance crisis.

Earlier this year, lawmakers spent more than $700 million from the treasury to help reduce the assessments to bail out Citizens Property Insurance, the state run insurance company of last resort.

Gov. Bush says they could do that again in October.

"There may be a chance of providing financial relief for people as well. Our economy is robust. Thanks to the hard work of a lot of people in the state, state government's coffers are running over and I can't think of a more important thing to do than to lessen the blow as we did with the $715 million to lessen the assessment. That's an average of $172 per person who is going to get hit by this assessment. Maybe there's more that we can do in that regard."

But the governor says there won't be a special session this fall unless lawmakers work out some sort of deal in advance.


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