Florida Senate Passes Resolution in Support of Trade Partnerships

In a move to signal Florida’s support of increased trade with Europe, the Florida Senate has passed a resolution that will support the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), a valuable trade agreement between the United States and European Union.

SB 1776, sponsored by Senator Garrett Richter (R-Naples), supports the negotiations, which if successful, will create the world’s largest free trade zone, accounting for 60 percent of global production.

Free Trade Agreements (FTA) have been a positive force for economic development and Florida has much to gain from these negotiations. In fact, 17 percent of Florida’s economy is dependent on free trade.

We commend Sen. Richter and the Florida Senate for their commitment to making Florida a leader in global trade. The Florida Chamber will continue to keep you up-to-date with the latest news on trade negotiations and opportunities for Florida companies to expand their business abroad.

Learn More About the Impacts of Global Trade in Florida

Urge Key Lawmakers to Support Legal Reform Efforts Today

On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at 9 a.m. the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee will take up important legislation that will improve Florida’s legal climate. SB 632, sponsored by Senator Garrett Richter (R-Naples), requires written notice to an insurance company as a precedent to filing a bad faith lawsuit. The insurance company is then given 45 days to settle the claim and payout the provisions of the insurance policy.

Please click the “Take Action Now” button to email key lawmakers on this committee and urge them to support SB 632.
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A recent study by the Insurance Research Council found that bad faith lawsuits resulted in an additional $800 million in automobile liability claims payments, which breaks down to $79 per automobile policy. Not only does our litigious legal climate put Florida in the bottom 10 for favorable legal climates, but it’s increasing costs to Florida consumers.

This legislation is important to Florida’s business community because the bill:

  • Allows insurers to act in good faith prior to a bad faith lawsuit being brought forward;
  • Decreases frivolous litigation by trial lawyers; and
  • Improves Florida’s legal environment under which businesses operate.

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Click the “Take Action Now” button below now to urge key lawmakers to support legal reform efforts.

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Urge Key Lawmakers to Support Legal Reform Efforts Today

This afternoon, the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee will take up important legislation that will improve Florida’s legal climate. SB 632, sponsored by Senator Garrett Richter (R-Naples), requires written notice to an insurance company as a precedent to filing a bad faith lawsuit. The insurance company is then given 45 days to settle the claim and payout the provisions of the insurance policy.

Please click the “Take Action Now” button to email key lawmakers on this committee and urge them to support SB 632.

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A recent study by the Insurance Research Council found that bad faith lawsuits resulted in an additional $800 million in automobile liability claims payments, which breaks down to $79 per automobile policy. Not only does our litigious legal climate put Florida in the bottom 10 for favorable legal climates, but it’s increasing costs to Florida consumers.

This legislation is important to Florida’s business community because the bill:

  • Allows insurers to act in good faith prior to a bad faith lawsuit being brought forward;
  • Decreases frivolous litigation by trial lawyers; and
  • Improves Florida’s legal environment under which businesses operate.

Take Action Now

Urge key lawmakers to support legal reform efforts.

Florida Chamber Applauds 9 Lawmakers But Mourns ‘Missed Opportunities’

The Florida Chamber of Commerce has released its annual report card, a list of which lawmakers have found favor with the business group and which fell short.

Eight Senators and one member of the House voted 100 percent in line with the Chamber’s agenda, including a tax cut package and some of the health care bills (though notably not the FHIX plan to subsidize health insurance for the poor).

Perhaps that’s one of the “missed opportunities” Chamber chairman Steve Knopik is referring to in a statement released with the rankings.

“Despite philosophical differences, lawmakers passed 20 Florida Chamber-backed measures during the two recent legislative sessions,” Knopik said. “Unfortunately, there were a number of missed opportunities, resulting in fewer votes taken on issues that could help make Florida more competitive.”

Here’s which lawmakers cracked the top of the charts with perfect scores:

  • Sen. Thad Altman, R-Melbourne
  • Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker
  • Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah
  • Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando
  • Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville
  • Sen. Travis Hutson, R-St. Augustine, who got an extra thumbs-up from the Chamber for his votes in the House before switching chambers in April
  • Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples
  • Sen. Darren Soto, D-Orlando
  • Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Keystone Heights

Still, there are others the Chamber wasn’t so pleased with. Like House Democratic Leader Mark Pafford of West Palm Beach, who voted with the group just 33 percent of the time.

You can peruse the full list on the Chamber’s website, if that’s your thing.