North Carolina coastal homeowners saddled this spring with huge increases in their insurance premiums, deductibles and surcharges are seeking help from state lawmakers.
A state Senate committee on Tuesday considers a bill that would temporarily freeze the increased insurance costs. Residents along
the North Carolina coast are facing homeowners insurance premium increases of up to 30 percent.
Also Tuesday, a House judiciary committee will consider a bill that would stop any surpluses collected by the state-backed insurance pool called the Beach Plan from being distributed back to the insurance companies that paid into the fund.
Behind closed doors, legislative leaders are crafting a deal between coastal interests and the insurance industry.