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File Number: 062684
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File Number: 062684 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1074-06 Control: County Commission
File Name: CALL SPECIAL SESSION FOR INSURANCE CRISIS Introduced: 9/20/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 9/26/2006
Agenda Date: 9/26/2006 Agenda Item Number: 11A3SUBSTITUTE
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE GOVERNOR OR SENATE PRESIDENT AND HOUSE SPEAKER TO CALL A SPECIAL SESSION OF THE LEGISLATURE AND PASS LEGISLATION ADDRESSING THE PROPERTY INSURANCE CRISIS IN FLORIDA [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 062671]
Indexes: INSURANCE
  LEGISLATURE
  PROPERTY
Sponsors: Joe A. Martinez, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 9/26/2006 11A3 SUBSTITUTE Adopted P
REPORT: Hearing no objection, the Board considered the foregoing proposed resolution simultaneously with Agenda Item 14A9, Legislative File No. 062518. Chairman Martinez noted that he distributed a letter which indicates that Commissioner Sorenson was urging the Florida Legislature to call a special session. He noted the only the Governor or the Senate President in conjunction with the Speaker of the House could call a special session. Chairman Martinez noted three letters were done which addressed the following two issues: (1) the property insurance rates specifically the Citizens Property Insurance and (2) the flexibility of the Property Appraiser to appraise property in a different manner. Commissioners Edmonson, Gimenez and Jordan indicated they would sign the letters. Commissioner Gimenez suggested the reference of “I” be changed to “We” in these letters. Commissioner Jordan reminded the Board of her comments made during the Budget hearing regarding the need to inform outgoing and the incoming leadership along with those running for office to make the foregoing items priority for discussion with the Legislature. She asked whether or not a similar letter could be prepared to address the mentally ill during the special session. Chairman Martinez indicated he would waive the appropriate proposed resolution to be prepared as recommended by Commissioner Jordan to the next Board meeting scheduled for October 10, 2006, for consideration by the Board without Committee review. He noted that Commissioner Jordan could attach a letter if she wishes to the proposed resolution coming forth under her sponsorship pertaining to the mentally ill. Chairman Martinez announced that all of the Board members present would sign the letter prepared by his office regarding Agenda Items 11A9 and 14A9. Commissioner Moss suggested that Chairman Martinez meet with those Commission members who were not present to determine if those members are in support and would sign the above mentioned letters. Following Commissioner Sorenson’s recommendation to a change the word “myself” in the first paragraph of the letter, Chairman Martinez noted it would be changed to state “non-experts.” Chairman Martinez stated he would like for his colleagues to sign the original revised letters by Thursday, September 28th. Hearing no further questions or comments, the Board adopted the foregoing proposed resolution and Agenda Item 14A9 with the corrections to the letters noted by Board members.

County Attorney 9/20/2006 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 9/20/2006

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE GOVERNOR OR SENATE PRESIDENT AND HOUSE SPEAKER TO CALL A SPECIAL SESSION OF THE LEGISLATURE AND PASS LEGISLATION ADDRESSING THE PROPERTY INSURANCE CRISIS IN FLORIDA

BODY
WHEREAS, homeowners’ and business owners’ insurance rates have continued to rise at an unprecedented pace; and
WHEREAS, residential real estate closings reportedly are slowing down due in part to the high cost of insurance; and
WHEREAS, private insurance companies continue to reduce the number of policies they write in Florida; and
WHEREAS, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation does not appear to be achieving its goal of reducing the numbers of policies it writes as the state-backed insurer of last resort; and
WHEREAS, the quality of life of our families and senior citizens is declining due to the costs associated with high insurance costs; and
WHEREAS, substantial increases in property insurance costs are causing some seniors and families to be more susceptible to foreclosure, and may drive some seniors and families out of Florida altogether; and
WHEREAS, if it is not brought under control, the property insurance crisis has the potential to harm Florida’s economy over the long term,


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the Governor or the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House to call a special session and pass legislation addressing the insurance crisis in Florida.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, and the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade County State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the passage of the legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2006-2007 State Legislative Package.



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