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Insurance reform, hurricane relief, school reform top special legislative session agenda

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Insurance reform, help for communities in need of hurricane relief and increased funding for students with “unique abilities” will top the state Senate agenda during the special session of the Florida Legislature slated to take place in November. The agenda was laid out by State Senate President Kathleen Passidomo (R- Naples) in an October memo to members of the Legislature.

In the memo, Passidomo said Senate lawmakers would ponder boosting the My Safe Florida Home program, which helps homeowners save money on homeowners’ insurance by hardening their properties against damage from hurricanes and other natural disasters.

“During the special session, we would like to address the backlog of applications for the current program and begin the discussion of steps we can take to support this initiative moving forward,” Passidomo said in her memo.

She also said lawmakers would consider key funding support to Florida communities still recovering from Hurricane Idalia by providing further tax relief for families, businesses, agricultural industry operators and aid to local governments.

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Also on the special session agenda is an expansion of HB1, which expanded eligibility for school choice scholarships to all Florida students to provide additional funding for students with scholarships, depending on their needs.

“During the special session, we will address demand for the unique abilities portion of the Family Empowerment Scholarship by providing a mechanism to increase the number of students served that the higher amount,” Passidomo said.

Finally, the special session agenda will include expanded sanctions against terrorist regimes and an increase in security infrastructure to respond to and prevent anti-Semitic violence and hate crimes.

The next special session of the Florida Legislature is slated to take place Monday, Nov. 6, through Thursday, Nov. 9.

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