Insurance bill likely to die, despite local man’s best efforts

Long Beach resident Kevin Buckel made his annual trip to the state Capitol last week to pitch insurance legislation and he returned with a sinking feeling the measure won’t go anywhere again this year.

Buckel, who lost his home to Hurricane Katrina and had his insurance claim denied, has been pushing for legislation in the years since the August 2005 storm. This year, Senate Bill 2225, which Buckel pushed, is facing a Tuesday deadline to clear to the Senate Insurance and Judiciary A committees.

Similar bills Buckel has backed have died without a vote, often meeting their fate in the Senate Insurance Committee.

“I think it’s shameful the people can’t get a vote in the Senate Insurance Committee,” Buckel said.

Sun Herald