The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly in support Tuesday of flood-insurance relief bill that would delay sharp rate hikes for homeowners in Florida and other coastal states.
As our Tampa Bay Times colleagues Alex Leary and Jeff Harrington reported:
WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday night voted to undo major provisions of a 2012 law that has caused sharp flood insurance rate increases, signaling possible relief after months of rising tension among homeowners in Florida and other states.
The bill would eliminate a provision of the law that said government subsidized rates disappear when a person sells a primary home; provides a refund for those who already got hit under that provision; and restores subsidies for "grandfathered" homes that would have been phased out over five years as new flood maps are drawn.
The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act still allows FEMA to impose rate increases to meet actual flood risk, but the phase-in will be more manageable, bill supporters said.
Florida members of Congress -- and Republican Gov. Rick Scott -- were quick to praise the vote as a way to help worried constituents back home. We've compiled some of their statements below.