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McCarty urges Crist to veto 'consumer choice' insurance rates; Bennett lashes out

Sen. Mike Bennett wants Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty to resign, saying he reneged on a promise not to lobby against Bennett's bill deregulating large insurers' rates. Bennett told Gov. Crist as much in a letter sent today.

In a recent letter to Gov. Charlie Crist, Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty urges the governor to veto HB 1171, which is aimed at keeping and luring large insurance companies like State Farm to Florida by letting them raise rates without state approval. Gov. Crist hasn't yet received the bill but it's expected to land on his desk within the next few weeks.

Read the McCarty letter here: Download McCarty Letter

Read the Bennett letter here: Download Bennett