For Immediate Release:
March 15, 2011

Media Contact:
Ivonne Pérez Suárez


Commissioner Rebeca Sosa introduces legislation opposing increases in homeowners’ property insurance costs

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Concerned over the rising cost of property insurance and its effect on homeowners, Commissioner Rebeca Sosa presented a resolution on Tuesday opposing any legislation that would increase Florida homeowners' property insurance costs or increase homeowners' out-of-pocket property insurance expenses.  This measure is in line with Commissioner Sosa's long-term advocacy to keep residents in their homes given the current foreclosure environment.  The resolution passed during the Tuesday, March 15th Board of County Commissioners meeting.

During the 2010 Legislative session, various bills (SB 876 , SB 2204, HB 447) were presented that would have allowed for increases in the cost of property insurance - despite the absence of major hurricanes or storms for the past few years, and specifically, since Hurricane Wilma in 2005 for Miami-Dade County.

"During these difficult economic times, an increase in property insurance could further aggravate the economic downturn and present significant challenges for Florida residents … property owners don't need any more negatives weighted against them," stated Commissioner Sosa.  "Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature should decline a rate hike at this time and work towards making internal changes within the state's insurance commission for solutions."

The Clerk of the Board will transmit a certified copy of Commissioner Sosa's resolution to the Governor, the Senate President, the House Speaker, the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade County State Legislative Delegation, and Florida's Insurance Commissioner. The resolution also directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the passage of the legislation, and authorizes and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to amend the 2011 State Legislative Package to include these items.
For more information or to obtain a copy of this resolution, please contact the office of Commissioner Sosa at, 305-267-6377.


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