Unless attitudes change, the Florida Legislature can do more for property insurance customers by doing less. That’s especially true when it comes to Citizens Property Insurance Corp.
Plenty of things are wrong with the state-run insurer of last resort. Among other things, non-catastrophe claims are rising 12 percent and the company is defending raises to overspending staff members. Some in Tallahassee, though, dislike Citizens merely because it exists. They really dislike Citizens because it’s also the state’s largest insurer. So each year, some in Tallahassee try to make Citizens less and less appealing as an option. Higher rates. Restrictions on coverage. In effect, they they try to force people out of Citizens.
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