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HB 1127 — Citizens Property Insurance Corporation

by Rep. Albritton and Rep. Weinstein (CS/SB 1346 by Budget Committee and Senators Oelrich and Lynn)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Banking and Insurance Committee (BI)

House Bill 1127 reduces the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens) regular assessment from 6 percent per account to 2 percent for deficits in the Coastal Account and eliminates the regular assessment in the Personal Lines Account (PLA) and the Commercial Lines Account (CLA). The reduction of the regular assessment in the Coastal Account and its elimination for deficits in the PLA and CLA will not reduce the overall assessment authority of Citizens. Instead, greater levies will be imposed through emergency assessments, which are levied on all lines of property and casualty policies (except workers’ compensation and medical malpractice) in the state, including Citizens’ own policies.

The bill also makes revisions designed to assist Citizens in the promulgation and collection of assessments. Citizens is authorized to levy the policyholder surcharge, a regular assessment for the Coastal Account, and emergency assessments upon a determination by the Citizens Board of Directors that a Citizens account has a projected deficit. The Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) is authorized to assist Citizens to collect assessments in any way that the OIR deems appropriate. Assessable insurers and the Florida Surplus Lines Service Office (FSLSO) must begin collecting and paying the emergency assessments within 90 days after Citizens levies such assessments. Limited apportionment companies must also begin collecting regular assessments within 90 days of their levy by Citizens. However, the bill expands the time limited apportionment companies have to pay regular assessments in full from 12 months to 15 months after Citizens levies the assessment.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2012.

Vote: Senate 38-0; House 89-25