The Florida Legislature will meet in a special session — its fourth in 12 months — during the week of May 23 to address the crisis in the availability of state property insurance.
This count does not include the two regular 60-day sessions the Legislative Assembly has held in the past two years.
Gov. Ron DeSantis issued his final proclamation on Tuesday, as he promised, so lawmakers can do something about rising property insurance costs and insurers leaving the market.
Citizens Property Insurance, the state’s insurer of last resort, has had to take on nearly 400,000 policies since the start of 2020 due to insurer insolvencies, cancellations or leaks from Florida, governor notes in his proclamation.
Its number of policies could reach 1 million at this rate by the end of the year, he added, with hurricane season beginning on June 1.
The Legislature only completed a special session this month, approving a disputed congressional redistricting map and eliminating tax and liability benefits for The Walt Disney Co., which had spoken out against legislation restricting the class discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity.
In November 2021, it came together to endorse DeSantis’ COVID program, including giving parents the right to decide whether school children should wear masks in class.
In May 2021, the Legislature approved a gaming pact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida allowing sports gambling in Florida for the first time, although a court ruling later restricted it to tribal ownership.