Legislators Look Into Questionable Insurance Deal

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- State legislators are looking into the controversial deal approved by Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to pay millions to a start-up insurance company that made campaign donations to Gov. Rick Scott.

The head of Citizens -- as well as the chairman of Heritage Property Insurance and Casualty -- testified about the transaction before a state Senate panel on Tuesday. Heritage was paid more than $33 million to absorb nearly 40,000 policies.

Sen. David Simmons, chairman of the committee, said that he considered the deal between Citizens and Heritage a "pure transaction."

But Simmons said legislators will hold another meeting to discuss the deal because of an "appearance of impropriety."

Bruce Lucas from Heritage maintained he gave money to Scott because he supports him and because they have similar backgrounds.

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