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La. Senate votes Citizens rate hikes need legislative approval

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Baton Rouge, La. - The Senate agreed in a 36-0 vote that hefty rate hikes for customers of Louisiana's property insurer of last resort should require legislative approval.

The bill (Senate Bill 19) would require annual rate hikes over 25 percent from the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to get approval from the House and Senate insurance committees. It also would allow Citizens to spread increases over two to five years.

"There is no check and balance on Citizens rate increases right now," said Sen. Bret Allain, R-Franklin, sponsor of the measure.

The proposal heads next to the House for debate.

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