Governor to Call a Second Special Session in May to Deal with Property Insurance
Jacksonville - April 18, 2022: Governor DeSantis Monday announced that he will call a second special session in May, following this week’s special session on re-districting. The May session will focus on the insurance crisis facing Florida homeowners.
The Governor made the announcement during a news conference in Jacksonville. He said the exact dates will be set after he consults with legislative leaders.
"What I will be signing this week is a proclamation to set the dates for a special session in May. We’re going to work with the legislative leaders on those dates and it will have as the main focus the reform of property insurance market," said the Governor.
Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier has blamed the surging premiums for home insurance on the excessive amount of litigation filed against insurers over roof claims. Three-quarters of all home insurance litigation in the country were filed in Florida last year.
Lawmakers failed to act on skyrocketing home insurance rates during the regular session this year, and the Governor said it’s unlikely they’ll get to it during this week’s special session which will address the re-drawing the congressional district maps in the state, but he predicted it'll get done during the May Special Session.
“There are some things that we were working on that didn’t quit make it over the finish line. So those are issues like property insurance and trying to bring some sanity, and stabilize, and have a functioning market," said DeSantis. "I’m confident that we’re going to be able to get that done." Other issues may also be addressed during the May Special Session, but he did not say which ones.
The Governor spoke during a news conference announcing funding for the Leon Haley, Jr., MD Trauma Center at UF Health in Jacksonville. The trauma center is named after former UF Health CEO, Dr. Leon Haley Jr. who died last year.