Texas State Rep. John Smithee, R-Amarillo, said last week he is concerned the quasi-governmental Texas Windstorm Insurance Association might not have the money needed to pay damages if a large hurricane hits the Gulf of Mexico coast this year.

Smithee, chairman of the House Insurance Committee, sent a letter to insurance commissioner Eleanor Kitzman outlining his concerns. He said developments over the past 18 months “have resulted in a current financial condition of TWIA that is much worse than any of us had anticipated.”

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