Item one: If you don’t want to pay for car insurance that duplicates medical insurance you already have, now’s a good time to tell your state legislator. A legislative stew is cooking.
Item two: There’s a whisper campaign about that 9.3 percent rate decrease Florida property insurer Security First filed, shocking many accustomed to nothing but increases in the state. Whisperers say it’s not really because of lower reinsurance rates as Security First said in a news release, and there’s some truth to what they say. You can decide for yourself how much this matters in a moment.
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Car insurance costs
1. New Jersey, $1,119
2. Louisiana, $1,103
3. New York, $1,062
4. Florida, $1,042
50. South Dakota, $524
Source: Bankrate.com using median annual insurance premiums provided by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, 2006 to 2010.
Florida Senate Banking and Insurance Committee
Working on car insurance overhaul, next meets Nov. 5, 1:30 p.m., Tallahassee
Chair: David Simmons, R-Maitland
Vice Chair: Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth
•Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Ft. Myers
•Nancy C. Detert, R-Venice
•Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami
•Alan Hays, R-Umatilla
•Tom Lee, R-Brandon
•Gwen Margolis, D-Miami
•Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee
•Joe Negron, R-Stuart
•Senator Garrett Richter, R-Naples
•Senator Jeremy Ring, D-Margate
Information on how to contact legislators: http://www.flsenate.gov/