Floridians Rally To Tally:
Thank you all for joining us on the steps of the Capitol yesterday January 16,
It was a great opportunity to have our voice heard by the leaders of this State.
We were disappointed that we were unable to address the Senate Banking and
Insurance Committee. We want to thank Senator Rhonda Storms for her valiant
effort to allow us to speak yesterday.
We as homeowners are mostly new to the “process” of how these committees are run
and just want relief from high insurance premiums.
On our bus ride home yesterday I spent several hours making calls and getting
our next plan into action. I will tell you more but first a little about whom I
spoke with. My first call was to Senator Victor Crist who was responsible for
the podium and microphone that was NOT present when we arrived. I expressed our
disappointment that “We” the people were totally forgotten about even thought I
had confirmed our Rally several times with his staff and with him in person last
Thursday. He apologized profusely saying it was a staff error and that he too is
being affected by the high insurance rates along with his family. I then went on
to tell him about or day in Tallahassee and about our future goals and requested
that to regain our confidence that he fight for us when the doors are closed in
Special Session. My next call was to Senator Mike Fasano. I also expressed to
Senator Fasano our disappointment in not being able to have our voices heard in
the Committee Meeting. Senator Fasano assured me that it was not due to the fact
they didn’t want to hear us that the “process” of these committee meetings have
been run the same way for many years. I was later informed that our names were
called to testify hours after we had left. Senator Fasano realizes we are very
skeptical of that process and I explained to him that is because we feel let
down by the whole “process” and outcomes of the past.
My next call was to Bill Newton with FCAN. He spent the day working on the House
side. He had some good news to report to us. We (HAC and the Coalition) have
been working toward introducing an amendment to have Prior Rate Review for the
insurance industry. This is the part where we want the insurance companies to
“ASK” for a raise verses getting one first, then asking if it was “OK”. We have
some support in the Senate but non so far in the House. HAC and the Coalition
has sent out copies of this proposed Bill to our State Representatives and are
asking all of you to e-mail and call their offices in Tallahassee asking them to
support this amendment. It is called the “Prior Rate Approval” amendment. It is
a small step in closing the loopholes in the possibility of decreases that we
may receive after the Special Session.
So…here’s your homework. You can type in your zip code and find your State
Representative. E-mail them and ask for their support on this proposed Bill for
Prior Rate Approval. Do it TODAY…DO IT NOW! Once the doors are closed to Special
Session our chance to get this introduced is gone!
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