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House panel eyes hurricane recommendations

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After receiving a series of presentations recently, a House committee next week will discuss potential recommendations for responding to Hurricane Irma and preparing for future storms.

The House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness is slated to meet next Monday. Its recommendations likely will be considered during the 2018 legislative session, which starts in January.

Senate committees also have been looking at hurricane-related issues, though the Senate has not formed a special committee on the topic.

Among other issues going before legislative committees next week, the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee is scheduled Dec. 5 to take up a proposal (SB 150), filed by Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, that would end the state's no-fault auto insurance system.

A similar House bill (HB 19), filed by Rep. Erin Grall, R-Vero Beach, is ready to go to the full House after the session starts in January.