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WASHINGTON--Florida's two U.S. senators Tuesday unveiled six bills designed to deal with natural disasters, particularly hurricanes, during a Capitol Hill press conference.
Sens. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Mel Martinez, R-Fla., said the bills are intended in part to serve as placeholders to foster a consensus approach to natural disaster policy, including the creation of a national commission on catastrophic risk and insurance as called for in legislation introduced by Sen. Nelson in January.
The six bills call for:
The senators did not, however, deal at all with the McCarran-Ferguson Act, which has become the target of some legislators' ire because of the limited exemption from federal antitrust laws it grants to insurers.
"We want to get the process started," said Sen. Nelson. "We don't want to get wrapped around the axle of an issue" that would be contentious and controversial.