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Consumer group gives failing grades to legislators for property insurance votes



Bring out the red pens. A consumer advocacy group that lobbied against insurance rate increases has graded legislators, and over half received Fs.

The Policyholders of Florida evaluated legislators by the votes they took on issues related to property insurance, both on the floor and in committee, during the 2011 session. In the Senate there were a maximum of 17 votes; in the House there were only 6. The percentage of votes deemed “pro-policy” was assigned a grade based on the 10-point scale.

The report doesn't say how many votes each individual cast, so it is possible some of the 63 representatives and 23 senators who received failing grades only voted once or twice.

Seven senators – three Republicans and four Democrats – received As. On the House side there were 16 As, including lone Republican Rep. Frank Artiles of Miami.

In addition to the report card, the Policyholders of Florida named Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, and Rep. Evan Jenne, D-Ft. Lauderdale, as “Advocate of the Year.” Earlier this year, Fasano helped lead the charge against rate increases proposed by Citizens Property Insurance.

To see the full report click here.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 8, 2011 12:34pm]


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