Posted: Oct 25, 2013 6:18 PM by Rick Spruill - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Oct 25, 2013 10:59 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Home and auto insurance may go higher if recently proposed changes are allowed to take affect under rules posted by the Texas Department of Insurance.
It's called Texas Windstorm Insurance and if you own a home or business along the Texas coast, including Nueces County, you probably are paying for it, too.
Texas Insurance Commissioner Julie Rathgeber is considering new rules - authorized by the Texas Legislature - that would add a surcharge on all policies within a catastrophe area.
But for some coastal lawmakers, the bottom line is getting harder to swallow.
State Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, is again rallying opposition to the surcharges because he said, any rule that seeks to raise costs for coastal residents is out of bounds.
"Sometimes what they do ... is pass rules and hope for forgiveness, later ... my view is you have to be very skeptical and very questioning because in my opinion, it's a legislative process," he told KRIS 6 on Thursday.
The surcharges would be applied to homeowners and automobile policies and would not take effect unless or until a hurricane strike in 2014.
A host of lawmakers, including Hunter and State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, have told Rathgeber to hold off on the rules that they say discriminate against the coast.
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