Group calls for Florida insurance commissioner to become elected position

Posted: January 23, 2015


Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty hasn’t been removed from office, but already the wheels are turning to prevent his successors from being fired.

The Florida Association for Insurance Reform, a Fort Lauderdale-based nonprofit coalition of insurance groups, took the first steps to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2016 that would make the insurance commissioner an elected position.

The initiative comes after Gov. Rick Scott removed Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner Gerald Bailey on Dec. 16. Scott then stated Tuesday he wanted to look at replacing three more prominent agency heads, including McCarty, who has served under three governors.

Rumors had been swirling for more than a week that McCarty would be removed by the newly re-elected governor. The replacement would require the votes of Scott, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and either Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam or Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Read the full story at the Sun-Sentinel: Group calls for insurance commissioner to become elected position – Sun Sentinel.

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