Lawmaker yells at lobbyist during Senate committee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A hurricane insurance bill that would
help Florida reduce its multibillion-dollar exposure in the state's
tenuous insurance market moved through a Senate committee - with
sparks flying.

The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee approved the bill (SB
1950) after debating several amendments, including one by Sen. Mike
Fasano, R-New Port Richey, that led to a blistering exchange with a
prominent lobbyist.

Barney Bishop, of Associated Industries of Florida, told the
committee that lawmakers had violated every known insurance
principle when they got the state into the insurance business.

Fasano exploded: "You don't have a clue."

The lawmaker said the lobbyist was "totally out of touch" and living "in the Tallahassee cloud."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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