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McCarty lauds Proctor's 'commitment,' seeks sit-down on HB 1171

Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty wants a sit-down with the lawmaker whose rate deregulation legislation he opposed.

McCarty, accused by Rep. Bill Proctor of misleading the governor and the public in his opposition to Proctor's HB 1171, today sent Proctor a three-page letter in which he applauds Proctor's "commitment to helping solve the problems confronting the Florida property insurance market" and suggests a face-to-face meeting this summer. The letter responds to a number of Proctor's questions and assertions against McCarty, and it includes a couple of detailed attachments.

The two have been trading terse letters back and forth ever since McCarty at the end of the legislative session wrote to the governor outlining his opposition to HB 1171, which would have allowed large insurers like State Farm more freedom to raise rates.

"I would like to open up a dialogue with you and would like to plan a visit to your district office," McCarty writes.

Read the letter here: Download McCarty Proctor Response 7-1-09

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:50pm]


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