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Gov. Wolf vetoes bid to block all-electric building codes

Jul. 11, 2022 19:18 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Citing the need to fight climate change, Pennsylvania's Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday vetoed Republican-penned legislation to stop municipalities from adopting building codes that prohibit natural gas hookups. Wolf, in a veto message to lawmakers, said...

NC elevator safety upgrade in cottage rentals advancing

Jun. 15, 2022 15:16 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — All elevators inside vacation cottages or similar short-term rentals in North Carolina would have to include life-saving space guards in legislation advancing in the state Senate. The measure, which cleared a Senate committee on Wednesday and could be on the...

Here's how the government wants to disaster-proof your home

Jun. 01, 2022 11:38 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — On this first day of the Atlantic hurricane season, federal officials are launching a new initiative to modernize building codes so that communities can be more resilient to hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, and other extreme weather events that are intensifying due to climate change....

Florida Gov. DeSantis signs property insurance legislation

May. 26, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed into a law sweeping property insurance legislation that creates a $2 billion reinsurance fund and rewrites rules on coverage denials and attorney fees, in a move to stabilize rising costs and insurer losses. ...

Florida Legislature approves property insurance package

May. 25, 2022 17:09 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday gave final passage to sweeping property insurance legislation that creates a $2 billion reinsurance fund and rewrites rules on coverage denials and attorney fees, as lawmakers attempt to stabilize rising rates and insurer...

Florida Senate passes property insurance package

May. 24, 2022 18:58 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate on Tuesday approved a sweeping legislative package meant to combat rising property insurance rates and other problems in the state's turbulent insurance market, creating a $2 billion reinsurance fund and writing new rules around coverage denials and...

Florida insurance bills clear committee, move to Senate

May. 23, 2022 16:10 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature on Monday began a special session focused on fixing the state's turbulent property insurance market, advancing sweeping legislation to create a $2 billion reinsurance fund and place new rules around attorney fees and coverage denials as lawmakers...

Florida bills limit roof refusal by insurers, add new fund

May. 21, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Legislation proposed by Florida lawmakers for an upcoming special session to reform the state's property insurance market would create a $2 billion reinsurance fund and prohibit insurers from automatically denying coverage to homeowners' with older roofs. Four...

'Cat 6' hurricane simulator with 200 mph winds

May. 14, 2022 03:14 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — The Category 6 hurricane’s howling winds accelerate to a startling 200 mph in Miami, mercilessly pummeling a two-story wood-frame house until the roof tears off and the rattling windows explode. And a towering 20-foot storm surge spawns battering waves,...