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FL Offers Support For Mississippi’s Flood Insurance Lawsuit

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YAZOO COUNTY, MS - MAY 23: The Yazoo River floodwaters inundate crops next to a raised railroad track near Yazoo City May 23, 2011 in Yazoo County, Mississippi. The Yazoo River floodwaters are forecast to crest today around Yazoo City following the backing up of Mississippi River tributaries including the Yazoo River. Heavy rains have left the ground saturated, rivers swollen, and have caused widespread flooding in Louisiana. Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas. (Photo by: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

YAZOO COUNTY, MS – MAY 23: The Yazoo River floodwaters inundate crops next to a raised railroad track near Yazoo City May 23, 2011 in Yazoo County, Mississippi. The Yazoo River floodwaters are forecast to crest today around Yazoo City following the backing up of Mississippi River tributaries including the Yazoo River. Heavy rains have left the ground saturated, rivers swollen, and have caused widespread flooding in Louisiana. Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas. (Photo by: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — The Sunshine State will back Mississippi in a lawsuit over flood insurance rates, but Florida will not file its own lawsuit.

Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Thursday that the state would file a “friend of the court” brief that backs Mississippi’s lawsuit against the federal government.

Bondi, however, said that the state was not “ruling out” the possibility of pursuing its own lawsuit if Congress does not step in and block the rate hikes.

The rate hikes were passed in 2012 to keep the National Flood Insurance Program solvent after an onslaught of claims from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The law removes federal subsidies from properties in flood zones.

Florida has among the highest rates of people covered by subsidized flood insurance.

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