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Script irks senators on insurance panel



Several senators on the Select Committee on Property Insurance Accountability were not pleased that they didn't get to question a reinsurance representative on Tuesday. Sen. Steve Geller cut off the questioning of Paul Walther, a representative from the reinsurance market, an area that plays an important role as to why property insurance rates remain high.

Sen. Geller and Sen. Jeff Atwater (the committee's co-chairs) got to ask all their questions, taking up roughly 20 minutes. Then, Geller pressed other senators to wrap up their questions, pointing out a lack of time.

Sen. Bill Posey got a few questions in and Sen. Mike Bennett got one. Bennett pointed out that had the panel started on time, they might have had more time for questions. The panel started roughly 15 minutes late.

Sen. Mike Fasano didn't get to ask any questions and represents parts of the Tampa Bay area particularly hard hit by high rates. "Next time, maybe you could ask the members if they have questions, before you indulge and ask your own," Fasano said to Sen. Geller.

"I'm sorry, I have a script here, I'm working off," Geller said.

"I don't have that script," Fasano said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:11pm]


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