Bill Would Make Florida Insurance Commissioner Elective
Legislation has been introduced that would make the position of Florida Insurance Commissioner elective. State Sen. Annette Taddeo (D) filed Senate Joint Resolution 1460, which would place a constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot in Florida to make the commissioner’s position a statewide elected cabinet official.
The amendment would take effect Jan. 3, 2023, with the 2022 primary and general elections featuring candidates for the office of commissioner of insurance. Taddeo said the issue is about making the office more accountable to the public. Florida voters in 1998 approved an amendment to the state constitution that eliminated several Cabinet offices, including the state comptroller and the state treasurer/insurance commissioner.
“I think by having it back as an elected position, you have somebody who has to respond to the citizens every time they have to get reelected, or elected,” Taddeo said. “Until we get back to that, I don’t think anything’s going to change.”