The Sun Herald, 10/3/7

Mississippi’s GOP senators for the first time Tuesday publicly supported a wind provision crafted by Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Bay St. Louis, which is part of a flood insurance reform program approved by the House last week.

Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott and Sen. Thad Cochran kept open the possibility of pursuing another legislative approach, but said they wanted the Senate to move a bill that helped the Gulf Coast.

“We have got to come up with a way to have people get an opportunity to have access to coverage,” said Lott. “The flood insurance program has problems of its own. It’s not actuarially sound; it needs to be reformed.

“But my point to the House and to Gene is, at least he’s got a proposal here and the Senate should seriously consider what the House has passed and unless we can come up with something better, I think we need to look at doing this.”