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Special Session Ends

January 22nd, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

Florida lawmakers have ended their special session on insurance and the governor says their work will result in lower rates for you. As Mike Vasilinda tells us there is agreement more will need to be done.

House members streamed from the chamber after their 116-2 vote for the insurance package. A few minutes later, the Senate voted unanimously and the traditional hankie drop ended the session.

Legislative leaders praised each other and the bi-partisanship. Senate President Ken Pruitt says they understand what voters want Because on November 7th, we got it. We fully understand what the people said and youre gonna see a bipartisan spirit. said Pruitt.

The legislation is supposed to cut the premium on wind insurance by 25 percent. Other savings are more elusive. The governor praised the work We are gonna lower rates in a meaningful way and its going to actually happen. This is a great beginning.

Crist agreed more work needs to be done and says he will offer a package for the spring legislative session. But for now, he wants to savor the moment.And I, uh, could not be more proud of the members of the house and senate and the people of Florida first. And because of them, this moved. It is only because of them that this happened.

After the session ended, Charlie Crist said that he would sign the bill unless he found a surprise. Savings should show up in a rate reduction or even a check in your mailbox sometime after three months or so.

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