Insurance lobbyists are going to be called out by one new member of the Florida House of Representatives. Frank Artilles won his campaign despite the insurance industry making an all-out effort to defeat a Republican candidate. It is difficult enough to win an election. It is nearly a miracle when the insurance industry uses its muscle and money to target a campaign.

Frank Artilles is the first public adjuster to be elected to a position in Florida’s government. He told me that he wants to strengthen Florida’s insurance industry and make it fair for consumers. That is the way it should be.

Frank is a very independent and strong willed individual. Some of his ideas about insurance are not shared by me. However, I supported Frank Artilles in this blog when many questioned whether he could win a primary.

I would suggest that consumers help Frank Artilles during his battles in Tallahassee. The insurance industry has a legion of lobbyists and its political muscle is extraordinary.

  • You can count on this consumer group to back anyone with good ideas for helping our insurance market. However, what I expect to see is a deregulation bill. With this Legislature, we will probably see a more extreme bill than the one Crist vetoed earlier this year. Everyone should support moderate Senators that can be a voice of reason in Tallahassee.

    Also, look for PIP reform (or repeal) and, hopefully, some strong anti-fraud measures. We need more fraud prosecutors in Tampa and Orlando, and that costs money. I hope those funds can be found.

  • Salute. I will be subscribing….

  • Don Phillips

    Congrats to Frank – Hopefully his voice will be heard in Tallahassee.