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A person walks away from her flood water damaged car in Boyton Beach, Fla. on Jan. 10. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

The Florida Senate unanimously passed a bill that authorizes private companies to write flood insurance in the state, says The Miami Herald. Senate Bill 542 by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, creates an alternative to the federal National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), giving homeowners more flood insurance options outside of the federally subsidized program.

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