WASHINGTON--George Dale, Mississippi's outgoing insurancecommissioner said he believes partisan politics in the U.S. Senatewill derail House legislation passed last week adding wind coverageto the National Flood Insurance Program.

In an interview, Mr. Dale also said until Hurricane Katrina in2005 he had not known that homeowners policies in Mississippicontained so-called "anti-concurrent" language, specifying that ifany part of a loss stems from a source that is not covered by thepolicy, like flood, then the insurer is not liable for any part ofthe loss.

He said he issued an order barring the language from being used,but said that since federal courts have said use of the language isappropriate, the state will have to re-examine its policy.

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