Lawsuit Abuse Reform Slowing

Lawsuit abuse reform slowed down this week as bills started to get jammed up in committee. Three weeks remain in the legislative session, which ends on March 13, and an uphill battle remains to get issues across the finish line. Here is what continued to move during week six.

Accuracy in Damages

The House Commerce Committee moved HB 9, accuracy in damages, by Representative Tom Leek out of committee Thursday, while the Senate bill was temporarily postponed due to lack of votes in its third of four committee stops. It’s unclear if the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee will meet again to consider SB 1668. These bills would allow juries to see the amount usually and customarily paid for a medical service, in addition to the amount billed.

Litigation Financing

Litigation financing was held up in the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee with several amendments as the clock ran out on the committee. SB 1828 by Senator Doug Broxson protects consumers from these payday loans of the lawsuit industry. The Senate bill still has three committee stops remaining, however it’s believed the majority of substantive committees will not meet during weeks seven through nine. The House companion, HB 7041, has one committee hearing remaining which is the House Commerce Committee.

Asbestos Trust Claims

Asbestos Trust Claims continued to move this week with a hearing in the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee. SB 1582 brings transparency to the trust claim process and ensures that claims move legitimately and more quickly through the judicial process.

Motor Vehicle Dealers

Motor Vehicle Dealers zipped through its second of three committee hearings in the Senate this week. The bill clarifies that the dangerous instrumentality doctrine does not apply to loaner vehicles while a car is being serviced by a motor vehicle dealer. This exemption already applies to vehicle leases. Both the House and Senate bill have one committee stop remaining.

The Florida Chamber will continue the fight to improve Florida’s bottom-five legal climate. Now is the time to contact your lawmaker and ask for meaningful lawsuit abuse reform this session.

Ensure Your Voice Is Heard

The Florida Chamber is leading Florida’s lawsuit abuse reform efforts, and your support is essential to demonstrating how Florida’s legal climate harms businesses and families. Click here to share which legal climate issues are most important to you.

BREAKING – Florida House Approves Bill That Threatens Tourism Industry

A few moments ago the Florida House voted by a 80-35 margin to approve HB 9, sponsored by Rep. Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast). This controversial anti-tourism bill severely restricts the ability of VISIT Florida to market Florida as a tourism destination and threatens the future growth of Florida’s tourism industry.

Click here to find out if your lawmaker supported this job killing legislation.

Despite overwhelming opposition and more than 40,000 messages from Florida Chamber members opposing the bill, the Florida House voted to support:

  • Restricting the operations of VISIT Florida,
  • Reallocating funds originally intended for tourism marketing, and
  • Reducing collaboration with business, local government, and nonprofit partners by restricting the use of monies toward required matching dollars, such as in-kind contributions and tourism development tax dollars.

HB 9 now travels to the Florida Senate.

Be on the lookout for future messages encouraging you to communicate with Representatives that voted to support this harmful legislation.

Controversial Economic Development and Tourism Vote Today!

 

Last Chance to Urge Your Lawmaker to VOTE “NO”

Florida House Set to Vote on Controversial  Economic Development and Tourism Marketing Bills TODAY

Today, Friday, March 10, 2017, beginning at 10:30 a.m., your State Representative will vote on HB 7005 (anti-economic development bill) and HB 9 (anti tourism marketing bill). This is your last chance to urge your lawmaker to VOTE NO on both of these bills.

HB 7005 would end economic diversification efforts in Florida, including eliminating the economic development toolkit, international programs, marketing and small business assistance.

HB 9, sponsored by Rep. Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast), restricts the operations of VISIT FLORIDA, reallocates funds originally intended for tourism marketing and reduces collaboration.

Despite overwhelming opposition and more than 40,000 emails sent to lawmakers by Florida Chamber members opposing the bill, the conversation of eliminating Enterprise Florida and significantly changing the operations of VISIT Florida could pass the Florida House, unless you take action now.

Urge your lawmaker to VOTE NO on HB 7005 and HB 9 when they vote on these bills later this morning. Then, share this email with everyone you know that cares about job creation and our tourism industry.

Urge Your Lawmaker to VOTE NO on Anti-Economic Development and Tourism Marketing Bills

HB 7005: Final House Vote This Week

Later this week, every State Representative will have the opportunity to vote on HB 7005 (anti-economic development bill) and HB 9 (anti tourism marketing bill). We need you to contact your State Representative by clicking the “Take Action Now” button below, and urge them to VOTE NO on both of these bills.

HB 7005 would end economic diversification efforts in Florida, including eliminating the economic development toolkit, international programs, marketing and small business assistance.

HB 9, sponsored by Rep. Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast), restricts the operations of VISIT FLORIDA, reallocates funds originally intended for tourism marketing and reduces collaboration.

Despite overwhelming opposition and more than 40,000 emails sent to lawmakers by Florida Chamber members opposing the bill, the conversation of eliminating Enterprise Florida and significantly changing the operations of VISIT FLORIDA could pass the Florida House, unless you take action now.

Urge your lawmaker to VOTE NO on HB 7005 and HB 9 when they vote on these bills later this week. Then, share this with everyone you know that cares about job creation and our tourism industry.

We Need You in Tallahassee Monday

 

This is Your Last Chance to Take Action Before the Bills Head to the Full House for a Vote.

On Monday, March 6, 2017, at 3 p.m., the House Rules & Policy Committee will take up HB 7005, which eliminates economic development initiatives, such as Enterprise Florida and the Small Business Development Center, and cuts two dozen economic development programs. Additionally, a separate piece of legislation, HB 9, will be heard that makes sweeping policy changes to VISIT Florida. It is expected that VISIT Florida language will be removed from HB 7005 and will instead be addressed in HB 9.The Florida Chamber opposes these bills.

Here’s How You Can Help:

We need you to attend Monday’s House Rules & Policy Committee meeting to tell lawmakers why you support tourism marketing and economic development initiatives and the impact they have had on you, your business and your community.

Meet With Your Representative This Week to Support Economic Development and Tourism Marketing

On Monday, March 6, the House Rules & Policy Committee will take up HB 7005, which eliminates economic development initiatives, such as Enterprise Florida, and cuts two dozen economic development programs. Additionally, a separate piece of legislation, HB 9, has been filed to address policy changes to VISIT FLORIDA, and is also up Monday. It is expected that VISIT FLORIDAlanguage will be removed from HB 7005. Soon after, the full House of Representatives will have a chance to vote on these bills on the floor.

Your State Representative is home from Tallahassee this week and needs to hear from you. Please schedule a meeting with your lawmaker and tell them how both Enterprise Florida and VISIT FLORIDA are important to your company, your job and your local community. It is important that these programs remain in existence and are fully funded.

Click hear to find your State Representative, then call to schedule an appointment to share your support of economic development initiatives, tourism marketing, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and more. If you are unable to meet with your legislator, please leave them a message to express your support.