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State Backs Mississippi in Flood Lawsuit

Stacy Young

The State of Florida is backing a Mississippi lawsuit to repeal a federal rule that Governor Rick Scott says could turn Floridians out of their homes. 

Scott says Congress didn’t do all it said it would do before passing the Biggert-Waters act, which will increase Floridians' flood insurance costs by phasing out subsidized policies. And Scott accuses President Obama of failing to take charge.

“He’s not led in this area. He signed a bill. They didn’t do their job. They were supposed to do a study they didn't do that," Scott said.

Attorney General Pam Bondi and CFO Jeff Atwater made the announcement with Scott Thursday. Florida is sending what’s called a “friend of the court” brief, which doesn’t promise any help with  the legal fees associated with the case. But Bondi says she’s investigating whether any more legal action should be taken.

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