Lawmakers seek to create IG for Citizens Insurance

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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 9:11 am | Updated: 9:18 pm, Sat Oct 5, 2013.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A state lawmaker has filed legislation to create an inspector general position to oversee the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

State Rep. David Richardson of Miami Beach filed a bill (HB 433) Tuesday that adds an inspector general to the list of 31 other state agencies where statute requires that level of oversight. A review by Florida's chief inspector general determined that some employees at Citizens racked up excessive travel expenses over an eight-month period.

The review found more than 50 instances where senior managers were reimbursed for meals in their own hometowns and that former Citizens President Tom Grady took a limousine from his house to the airport.

Two legislative committees responsible for insurance legislation having hearings scheduled Wednesday on dealing with problems at the state's largest property insurer.

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