Senate OKs bill to change roof-damage claims for Florida insurance

TALLAHASSEE — With homeowners seeing hefty rate increases and losing policies, the Florida Senate approved…

TALLAHASSEE — With homeowners seeing hefty rate increases and losing policies, the Florida Senate approved a proposal Thursday night to try to shore up the property-insurance market.

But with little more than a week left in the annual legislative session, it remains unclear whether the Senate and House can bridge differences on key issues such as roof-damage claims.

Senate sponsor Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, implored senators to address problems in the insurance market before they voted 28-11 to approve his bill (SB 1728).

“If we do nothing, your constituents are going to continue to suffer, the market is going to collapse,” Boyd, an insurance agent, said.

But House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, appeared this week to question making major changes, after lawmakers passed a measure in 2021 that he said “did a lot.”