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No Special Session, Yet



Yes, he's worried about homeowners. Yes, he'd like to do something about the state's insurance crisis. But he isn't yet ready to call a special session, Gov. Jeb Bush clarified Wednesday after Florida Today reported he was planning to call the Legislature back to town in October.

"If there is a consensus about how to proceed we will call a special session. If there is no consensus, we won't proceed. So we're working on building a consensus..." Bush told reporters in Tallahassee.

Among the ideas he's hoping to address before leaving office -- or before Republicans face Democrat challengers in the polls in November: turn the state's new mitigation grant program for homeowners into a permanent recurring program; making it easier for insurance companies to buy reinsurance from the state's CAT fund; and addressing regulation of off-shore reinsurers.

But Bush was emphatic that he didn't yet have a special session plan. Asked the odds lawmakers would meet in October: "I don't know."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:14pm]


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