Lawmakers Continue Advancing Bills to Improve Florida’s Legal Climate

 

Watch Senator Doug Broxson      Sign the AOB Petition

 

During the third week of the legislative session, lawmakers in both the House and Senate continued to take steps to improve on Florida’s bottom-five legal climate and lower the cost of doing business for Florida’s families and small-businesses.

Four Florida Chamber-backed lawsuit abuse reform bills passed their respective committees this week:

  • Assignment of Benefits Reform – SB 122 and companion HB 7065
  • Dangerous Instrumentality—SB 862 and companion HB 355

SB 1464, a bill related to Fair Settlement, and HB 17, a bill related to Damages, were also on committee agendas this week but were temporarily postponed. These bills are still available to be put on the agenda in the future.

We will keep you up-to-date as lawsuit abuse reform legislation moves forward.

Three Ways You Can Get Involved

  1. Watch Senator Doug Broxson talk about the importance of AOB reform on the Florida Chamber Bottom Line.
  2. Sign the petition seeking AOB reform by visiting www.FightFraud.Today.
  3. Be the first to know when registration opens for the Florida Chamber’s annual Insurance Summit taking place November 2019.

Act Today to Help Stop AOB Abuse

AOB Clears Senate Committee; Up in House Committee Today

Thanks to your calls and support, a Florida Chamber-backed bill related to Assignment of Benefits (AOB) reform continues to make its way through the Senate. SB 122 sponsored by Senator Doug Broxson passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 18.

On March 19, the House companion bill, HB 7065, is set to be heard at 3:30 p.m. in the House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee.

TAKE ACTION TODAY
Take two minutes to email members of the House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee and voice your support for HB 7065.

 

A special thank you to Senator Broxson and co-sponsor Senator Ed Hooper for their leadership in making AOB reform a priority in the Senate. And thank you to Representative Bob Rommel and Representative Mike Caruso for also leading the fight for AOB reform in the House.

We’ll keep you posted as both bills continue through the legislative committee process.

Senate Banking and Insurance Committee Votes Favorably for SB 122

On March 4, 2019, in a five to three vote, the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee passed SB 122— a bill related to attorney fee awards under insurance policies and contracts.

The Florida Chamber-backed bill, sponsored by Senator Doug Broxson, levels the playing field between insurers and service providers and subcontractors and provides a step toward real Assignment of Benefits (AOB) reform.

In 2018, there were more than 34,000 AOB lawsuits filed, compared to only 405 AOB lawsuits in 2006. Increasing amounts of AOB abuse are costing 90 percent of Florida families an increase in their homeowners’ insurance.  Florida’s bottom-five legal climate, including AOB fraud and abuse, costs Florida families an average of $4,442 a year. The Florida Chamber will continue to support SB 122 and other efforts that protect consumers and small businesses from billboard trial lawyers trying to make a payday.

A proposed committee bill (PCB CSJ 19-01) related to AOB reform will be heard in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee on Wednesday.

We Need Your Support

We’re hearing that busloads of trial lawyers are making their way to Florida’s Capitol to oppose important legal reform efforts, including AOB reform. PLEASE TAKE 2 MINUTES to help us improve Florida’s bottom-five legal climate by contacting members of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee TODAY and urging them to vote yes on PCB CSJ 19-01 (AOB Reform), HB 17 (Tort Reform) and HB 355 (Dangerous Instrumentality Doctrine).