The Legislature may be able to give some Floridians a measure of relief from drastic increases in flood insurance premiums. The full measure for all Floridians still must come from Congress.
Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, this week filed legislation that would expand the ability of private carriers to offer flood insurance. Almost all of the 2-million-plus Floridians who have flood coverage purchase it through the National Flood Insurance Program. On Oct. 1, however, increases of up to 900 percent began kicking in because of a bill Congress passed last year, and officials across the state have been scrambling for a response.
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