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Here comes a January special session

Florida's two new legislative leaders and Governor-elect Charlie Crist announced this morning that state lawmakers will come to town in mid-January for a week-long special session dedicated to the state's ongoing property insurance crisis. The session is scheduled to start Jan. 16.

"Florida families are suffering from the devastating effects of skyrocketing rates and cancelled insurance policies, and they desperately need relief,'' said Crist in a statement. "I am optimistic that we can find solutions that will address not only our immediate needs, but will also yield a better system to address future storms that are predicted to make landfall in Florida."

House Speaker Marco Rubio already announced Tuesday that House members would spend three days next week in a "conference" studying and learning about insurance issues.

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