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March 17, 2014

PCI Commends Governor Bryant for Signing Stronger Building Codes Legislation

JACKSON, Miss–The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) is praising the Mississippi Legislature and the Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant for passing and signing Senate Bill 2378, which will strengthen the state's building codes.

Senate Bill 2378 will protect people and their property by ensuring residential and commercial buildings are now built to withstand greater hurricane force wind and impacts from flying debris.

"The people of Mississippi deserve to be protected, and this legislation requires builders to fortify new buildings with materials that can stand up to Mother Nature. Whether it be a hurricane along the coast, or a severe weather event anywhere in the state, the need for stronger and safer structures is evident,” said Donovan Brown, state government relations for PCI. 

“PCI and our members have been working to push for stronger building codes since 2005, when the state was hit by Hurricanes Katrina, Dennis, and Rita. According to the August 2013 report issued by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, Mississippi had the weakest building standards of all hurricane prone states.”

“Having stronger building codes in place could potentially save consumers money, reduce damage and speed up recovery efforts following a storm. Most importantly, it could save lives. When it comes to protecting the health, safety and welfare of the people of Mississippi, there is no question about the value of this legislation. Stronger Buildings equals Safer Citizens.”

PCI is composed of more than 1,000 member companies, representing the broadest cross-section of insurers of any national trade association. PCI members write over $195 billion in annual premium, 39 percent of the nation’s property casualty insurance. Member companies write 46 percent of the U.S. automobile insurance market, 32 percent of the homeowners market, 37 percent of the commercial property and liability market, and 41 percent of the private workers compensation market.