Raschein Reviews Her First Legislative Session

BY MANDY MILES Citizen Staff

Friday, June 28, 2013

State Rep. Holly Raschein was pleased with her accomplishments in Tallahassee during the recent legislative session that ended May 13, the freshman lawmaker told members of the Key West Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

“I think as a freshman I had a pretty stellar year,” said Raschein, a Republican who acquired a prior understanding of the state’s political machine while working as legislative aide to former State Rep. Ron Saunders.

She opened her presentation to the chamber with a description of the first-ever “familiarization tour” she helped organize with FIRM (Fair Insurance Rates for Monroe) to show state insurance officials the strength of Keys buildings and their ability to withstand hurricane winds.

“They were blown away by our mitigation techniques and our building standards,” Raschein said, adding that lawmakers this year “made Citizens (Property Insurance Corp.) more accountable” by adding an inspector general to the state-owned windstorm insurance company as well as a board member to act as a consumer advocate.

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