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Senate panel seeks consensus on Citizens, but political divide flares up

Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty floated the idea of tying Citizens rates to the rates of the top 20 property insurers in the state. File photo by Ana Goni-Lessan.

Sen. David Simmons, R-Maitland, chairman of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, is hoping to build political consensus for comprehensive changes to state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. During a meeting of his panel Wednesday, however, Florida’s familiar political divide over property insurance bubbled to the surface.

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