FJA Legislative Update: Week 8

  We’ve come to the final (scheduled) week of the 2017 legislative session. It’s a time when deals are being put together involving bills that have nothing in common except that they’re on somebody’s must-pass priority list. Budget Time So, the period of wheeling and dealing is underway. Priority No 1 is the state budget.…

Florida House Supports Responsible Roadways Auto Insurance Reform

On an 89-to-29 vote, the Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday approved legislation to promote accountability and responsibility on the state’s roadways by requiring drivers to carry bodily injury insurance coverage. CS/CS/HB 1063 by Rep. Erin Grall would repeal the state’s no-fault PIP-based auto insurance system and increase the minimum bodily injury coverage limits. It…

Florida House Passes Workers’ Compensation Reform

The Florida House of Representatives this week passed the chamber’s approach to workers’ compensation reform, CS/HB 7085. While Florida’s big money business and insurance community is lining up behind the bill, advocates for employees believe the plan falls short for the 50,000 to 60,000 injured workers in Florida annually. “The injured worker deserves something, something,…

Human Trafficking Bill Gets Nod from Two Senate Committees

Legislation to crack down on human trafficking in Florida zoomed through two Senate committees this week, passing the Criminal Justice and Judiciary committees on unanimous votes. Sen. Randolph Bracy, of Orlando, is the sponsor of CS/HB972 that provides a civil cause of action for human trafficking victims against businesses that knowingly allow human trafficking to…