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Americans for Prosperity-Florida releases priority list for 2018 Legislative Session

Conservative group Americans for Prosperity-Florida released its priority list for the 2018 Legislative Session, giving favorable marks to legislation that would cut “corporate welfare” and regulations and voicing strong opposition to proposals that would add new regulations or incentives silos.

“We believe that Florida lawmakers have an unprecedented opportunity to push through policy objectives that can deliver more open, transparent, and efficient government. Our staff and volunteers are eager to engage on policies that will help make Florida the best state to raise a family and start a business,” said AFP-FL Director Chris Hudson in a press release.

“As Congress has just passed historic tax reform, Florida lawmakers should also seek to reduce the tax burden on citizens and businesses. We should also pursue commonsense solutions to our critical health care needs. Lawmakers should repeal certificate of need (CON) laws once and for all, and pass meaningful reforms to expand scope of practice and direct primary care. And, both chambers should pursue a clear vision to cut red tape and free Florida entrepreneurs to pursue their American Dream.”

AFP-FL gave it’s opinion on dozens of bills filed for 2018, and plans to update it regularly through session as bills change during the legislative process.

A sampling of the “support” column of the 97-bill priority list: Rep. Danny Burgess and Sen. Tom Lee’s plan to stop direct primary care agreements from being regulated as insurance (HB 37/SB 80); another of Lee’s bills, sponsored by Rep. Bryan Avila in the House, that would ban pro sports teams from building stadiums on public land (HB 13/SB 352); and a proposal from Rep. Manny Diaz and Sen. Keith Perry that would add a “one-in, one-out” rule when it comes to new rules in the Florida Administrative Code (HB 791/SB 1268).

And a handful from the “oppose” list: Rep. David Silvers’ and Sen. Annette Taddeo’s bills to create a new film incentives program (HB 341/SB 1606); A measure by Sen. Lauren Book that would require 75% of the students in a “School of Hope” to come in from a low-performing school (SB 216); and Sen. Kevin Rader’s “Florida Teacher Fair Pay Act,” which would bump the minimum salary for teachers up to $50,000 a year (SB 586).

Hudson said that AFP-FL “is looking forward to engaging in meaningful debate with lawmakers, and hope that we can continue to serve as a valuable source for how to propel policies that can make Florida a more open and free society.”

When the 2018 Legislative Session comes to a close, AFP-FL will tally up lawmakers votes and publish score cards grading how individual lawmakers fared.

ABMS urges Senate committee to pass bill fighting Florida opioid crisis

Today, the Senate Health Policy Committee will take up Senate Bill 8, from Fort Myers Republican Lizbeth Benacquisto, which seeks to give medical professionals further training in ways to stem Florida’s worsening opioid crisis.

The American Board of Medical Specialties, the leading not-for-profit organization overseeing physician certification in the U.S., is applauding the measure.

In a statement Monday, ABMS is urging the committee to pass SB 8, which recognizes “the important role that specialty training and certification play in assuring that patients receive high-quality care.”

Benacquisto’s bill, in part, mandates added training for all Florida physicians in the proper use of pain management.

According to the ABMS statement: “Keeping physicians up-to-date on the most effective treatments and therapies is critical to high-quality care, and is central to the mission of the ABMS.”

ABMS also commends the bill’s protection of patient access to critical specialty care.

Physicians certified by ABMS Member Boards regularly assess and expand medical knowledge and skills. ABMS believes SB 8 is crucial for Floridians to continue receiving high-level health care from physician specialists.

“The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is pleased that SB 8 recognizes the importance of specialty certification in ensuring that patients receive up-to-date medical care,” said Dr. Richard Hawkins, ABMS President and CEO. “Protecting the care delivered by physicians with specialty training and certification, including subspecialty certification by one of our 24 Member Boards, is a testament to the confidence that patients, physicians and hospitals have in board-certified physicians.”

Recognizing how specialty physicians are on the front lines in deterring opioid dependency, Hawkins said SB 8 joins ongoing efforts within the ABMS Boards Community, which offer subspecialty certificates in pain medicine:  Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Psychiatry/Neurology.

The Senate Health Policy Committee meets at 4 p.m. in Room 412 of the Knott Building of The Capitol.

Jimmy Patronis backs expanding PTSD benefits for first responders

First responders diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits even if they don’t have physical injuries under proposed legislation that will be considered Tuesday by a Senate panel.

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, the head of the state agency that ensures businesses have workers’ compensation coverage for employees, said his office is in full support of bolstering benefits for the state’s “fearless leaders.”

“I’m putting the full weight of my office to increase benefits this legislative session for our first responders who suffer from PTSD,” Patronis said.

The bill would benefit police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics diagnosed with PTSD after a work-related event.

Sen. Lauren Book, one of the bill’s four sponsors, said in a statement that “lawmakers should make sure (first responders) are covered by workers’ compensation for PTSD-related treatment.”

“Our first responders are like superheroes — when citizens are running from danger, first responders’ are running into harm’s way,” the Plantation Democrat added.

The bill, SB 376, has been referred to four committee stops. Ahead of its second one on Tuesday, Book and co-sponsor Sen. Dana Young will hold a press conference to advocate for its passage.

A bipartisan companion bill, HB  227, has been introduced by state Reps. Matt Willhite and Rene Plasencia, but it has yet to be scheduled for a hearing.

Senate panel to consider juvenile ‘Fight Club’ reforms

A Senate panel on Tuesday will consider two measures that would provide more oversight to the state’s juvenile justice system, which is under scrutiny for its widespread use of unnecessary and excessive force on youth detainees.

Sen. Jeff Brandes, a Pinellas County Republican who chairs a powerful criminal justice committee, is sponsoring both bills and intends to champion a slew of other criminal justice reforms throughout Session.

A pair of those reforms up for debate on Tuesday would make it easier for lawmakers and those appointed to the Florida Correctional Operations Oversight Council to look into specific issues plaguing the youth detainees and their enforcers. These reforms would not apply to private detention centers.

One of the bills (SB 1208) would expand the responsibilities of the nine-member Florida Correctional Operations Oversight Council to include monitoring of daily operations of correctional and juvenile facilities.

Those appointed to the council by the governor, House Speaker and/or Senate President would be tasked with more than just making policy and budget recommendations to the Legislature. Now, they would also be charged with identifying problems in the juvenile system by conducting inspections and interviews and completing an annual report on their findings.

The proposal comes in the wake of the Miami Herald “Fight Club” series which found that over a 10-year period youth care workers would give detainees honey buns and other treats as a reward for beating other youth.

The year-long probe revealed systemic misconduct at the DJJ stemming from inexperienced and underpaid staff, inadequate personnel standards and a high tolerance for cover-ups.

The second bill, SB 1004, aims to add lawmakers to the list of those who can visit any of the 21 juvenile detention facilities “at their pleasure,” and not strictly by appointment. Current state law allows lawmakers and other elected and appointed officials to visit any adult correctional facility “at their pleasure.”

In a letter to members of the Legislature last October, DJJ Secretary Christina Daly said lawmakers who don’t want to go through the appointment process, can visit juvenile centers. But said youth detainees “suffer from previous trauma and interruptions of their daily schedules can be problematic.”

The bill would also prohibit the DJJ from “unreasonably withholding” access to reporters, intending to increase transparency through independent reviews of facilities.

Top Republican lawmakers added major cash in December

Top Republican lawmakers posted big fundraising reports for their political committees in December, with future Senate President Wilton Simpson leading the pack at $427,000 raised last month.

Simpson’s committee, Jobs for Florida, took in 31 contributions from Dec. 1 through New Year’s Eve and a pair of committees chaired by Ryan Tyson – Floridians for a Stronger Democracy and Floridians United for Our Children’s Future – combined to give the Trilby senator $100,000 during the reporting period.

Simpson, who is set to take over as Senate President after the 2020 elections, also received $50,000 contributions from U.S. Sugar and JM Family Enterprises, with $25,000 a piece coming from Anheuser Busch and Trifoliata Development.

Spending came in at $58,000 for the month, including nearly $45,000 for Capitol Finance Consulting, leaving Simpson with about $2.74 million on hand at the start of 2018.

Following Simpson was Senate President Designate Bill Galvano, who tacked on $304,550 and spent $72,842 through his political committee, Innovate Florida.

His top donor was the Florida Chamber of Commerce, which chipped in $50,000 through a pair of political committees, followed by five more donors at the $25,000 level, including public employee workers group AFSCME, Cardroom Tech, Teco Energy and Florida Power & Light.

Spending included nearly $30,000 in payments to Ground Game Solutions for fundraising consulting work, with another $25,000 heading to the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States. After spending, Innovate Florida had $790,000 on hand.

Miami Lakes Rep. Jose Oliva, who will take over as House Speaker after the 2018 elections, added $190,000 to his Conservative Principles for Florida political committee in December.

Insurance company Florida Blue gave the HD 110 Republican a whopping $75,000 across three checks, followed by Publix and FPL at $25,000 each. Businessman Greg Lindberg chipped in $20,000 and Anheuser Busch added a $15,000 check on Dec. 8.

Oliva’s committee spent just $9,000 for the month, including $5,600 for a pair of consulting invoices and a $2,500 contribution to the Orange County Republican Executive Committee. Conservative Principles for Florida started 2018 with about $802,000 in the bank.

Rep. Chris Sprowls, who is set to become speaker in 2021, also posted a six-figure haul through his his political committee, Floridians for Economic Freedom.

The Palm Harbor Republican took in $148,000 across 28 contributions, and Florida Blue was his top donor as well after giving four checks that combined to $40,000. Floridians for a Stronger Democracy and Lindberg took the No. 2 spot at $15,000 a piece, followed by the Florida Prosperity Fund at $10,000.

Sprowls spent an even $50,000 last month leaving the committee with just under $820,000 in the bank to start the year.

Spending included $33,000 in payments to Strategic Image Management for Research and Consulting and a $15,000 contribution to Citizens Alliance for Florida’s Economy, a political committee chaired by political consultant Anthony Pedicini.

In first week of Session, Florida House took big steps toward insurance reform

Right out of the gate, the Florida House took several major steps toward statewide insurance reform during the first week of the 2018 Legislative Session.

On Friday, lawmakers advanced a trio of House bills: repealing the state’s motor vehicle no-fault law and PIP insurance requirements, addressing “assignment of benefits” abuse and making significant changes in Florida’s workers’ compensation system.

House approves PIP repeal

Lawmakers passed HB 19, from Vero Beach Republican Erin Grall, by a vote of 88 to 15. HB 19 eliminates the existing No-Fault/PIP system, replacing it with a fault-based system that requires every motorist to buy bodily injury coverage of $25,000 per individual and $50,000 per accident.

This new insurance structure will cover third parties injured as the result of the negligence of the insured.

“Today, there’s a perverse incentive for third-party claimants to ‘set up’ the insurer of the person who is responsible for an injury or death arising out of a car crash, to recover extra-contractual damages – payments above the policy coverage amount,” said Michael Carlson, president of the Personal Insurance Federation of Florida (PIFF), the leading statewide trade organization for property and casualty insurance companies.

PIFF is urging lawmakers to include third-party “bad faith” reform in any repeal of PIP, and think carefully before making any changes to the current system. Without meaningful third-party “bad faith” reform, Carlson said, the new system could create new opportunities for claimants to abuse the current system, resulting in potentially higher claims settlements, which increase the cost of insurance.

Assignments of benefits reform advances

The House also passed HB 7015, attempting to address AOB fraud, a longstanding issue within the state’s insurance industry, by overhauling the law related to what is known as one-way attorneys’ fees.

AOB allows homeowners to sign over rights to third-party contractors – water extraction company, roofers, plumbers and the like – letting them “stand in the shoes” of the insured and deal directly with the insurance company to receive payment for work performed.

A widespread practice in health insurance and other industries, AOB has come under fire over past few years, with increasing litigation abuse stemming from disputed claims. As contractors and insurance companies blame each other for overinflating costs, both have the motivation to take the matter to court.

HB 7015 tackles the problem of one-way attorney fees. If an insurance company and contractor disputed claim in court, and judges rule the insurance company estimate was off by any amount (even a single dollar), the insurance company is on the hook “one-way” to pay attorney fees for both sides.

“All the evidence indicates that the driving force behind increased homeowner rates, especially in southeast Florida, is the abuse of the one-way attorney fee statute,” Carlson said in a statement on the passage of HB 7015. “The goal of the claimant is to legally ignore the terms of the policy of insurance and obtain a higher judgment, which in turns increases the cost of insurance for all Floridians.”

The bill seeks to stem fraud by shifting some attorney fees to contracts.

Under HB 7015, insurers would get attorneys’ fees when their adjustment was off by less than 25 percent; if the adjustment was off between 25 to 50 percent they would get none. Contractors will be awarded attorney fees if an insurance company’s claim was off by more than 50 percent.

Democrats disagree with the proposed change.

Tampa Democratic Rep. Sean Shaw said, in a speech on the House floor: “We want premiums and rates to go down so we’re going to cut attorney fees to the plaintiff … Perhaps if you made it easier for an aggrieved homeowner, an aggrieved consumer to get fairly compensated for whatever insurance claim they made, we wouldn’t need attorney involvement.”

While the House voted in favor of the measure, it still faces a long road in the Senate, where there are competing bills on the issue, both different from the House version passed Friday.

A bill sponsored by Port Orange Republican Sen. Dorothy Hukill (SB 62) has support from both the Florida Property & Casualty Association and the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. But SB 62 has not yet been scheduled for a committee, mostly because Sen. Anitere Flores, Miami Republican, is questioning its value to homeowners.

“I’ve been very clear that Hukill’s bill takes away a right that citizens have right now and if I am a part of that then there has to be some benefit which is a guarantee in rate reductions,” Flores told POLITICO Florida. “If it does, it would pass.”

Flores supports a “more comprehensive” bill (SB 1168) from Sarasota Republican Sen. Greg Steube, which restricts an insurance company’s ability to put limits on transferring assignment of benefits from homeowners to contractors. SB 1168 also keeps alive the possibility of further legislative limits in the future.

But Florida Property & Casualty Association executive director William Stander warns that Steube’s bill will “cement in place” the same problem insurance companies are working to solve.

Workers’ compensation changes fast-tracked

Speaker Richard Corcoran fast-tracked HB 7009, a workers’ compensation reform bill the House passed by a 74-30 vote Friday.

And while that bill has no Senate companion, Senate President Joe Negron said his chamber was eager to pass something this Session.

Other workers’ compensation bills are in the works in the Senate, including SB 376, which extends workers’ compensation benefits to first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder because of trauma experienced on the job.

Excessive costs in Florida’s workers’ compensation system must be addressed, said Corcoran, a Land O’ Lakes Republican, to The News Service of Florida last week.

“I think that the problem is largely the hospitals who want a reimbursement rate that’s the highest in the southeast region … That’s our problem.”

HB 7009 limits fees hospital outpatient centers are able to charge for unscheduled care, capping it at 200 percent of what Medicare would normally pay. First surgery scheduled in advance a hospital or at an ambulatory surgical center, the bill limits charges to 160 percent of what Medicare would pay. Now, providers can bill the workers’ compensation carrier a percentage of charges.

Bill Herrle, Florida executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business – and has been pushing for workers’ compensation reform – is not concerned over the lack of a Senate companion for SB 7009.

“If some senators want to do workers’ comp, then not having a bill filed yet isn’t much of an obstacle,” he told the News Service of Florida.

Workers’ compensation, a no-fault system designed to protect workers and employers, is intended to be self-executing. However, injured workers often hire attorneys in disputes over the amounts of benefits they should receive. This attorney involvement in legal fees resulted in Florida businesses facing some of the highest workers’ compensation costs in the early 2000s — with $427 million in legal fees for the fiscal year 2002-2003.

As a result, Florida lawmakers rewrote the workers’ compensation system in 2003, tying the recovery of plaintiff attorneys’ fees to percentages of the amount of recovered benefits, among other changes. In 2009, they revisited the issue to clarify that workers’ compensation judges were restricted from awarding additional hourly fees to plaintiff’s attorneys.

Then came 2016, with a decision in Castellanos v. Next Door Company, where the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the restrictive fee caps were a violation of due process for injured workers. The ruling allowed judges to award fees outside the established fee schedule if sticking to the schedule resulted in unreasonable results.

After that, business groups statewide – such as NFIB Florida – called lawmakers to limit the amount plaintiffs’ attorneys can charge, warning workers’ compensation rates would skyrocket if nothing was done.

And while the Legislature failed to pass reform in 2017, Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier in November signed off on an order that lowered premiums by nearly 10 percent.

Following Friday’s vote in the House, a statement from the Florida Workers Advocate, which represents compensation plaintiffs’ attorneys, said the bill will ultimately hurt business “by delaying and denying the care their injured workers receive.”

The Judge of Compensation Claims reported that legal fees in the workers’ compensation system totaled nearly $440 million in 2016-2017 fiscal year. Nearly $254 million of that was for challenging workers’ compensation claims.

“When I talk to employers, they don’t care if it’s plaintiffs’ fees or defense fees. They only want to pay attorney’s fees that are necessary in the system,” Senate President Negron said. “We want them to be as low as possible across the board.”

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this post.

AFP mailer: Support workers’ rights legislation

Legislation expanding workers’ rights is being pushed by a pro-free market, limited government spending watchdog this Session.

Americans for Prosperity-Florida recently launched a new direct mail piece encouraging Florida voters to support recent bills that would require unions to hold regular elections and obtain 50 percent of their actively paying dues members in order to be certified by the state.

AFP-FL says the reform package would expand union accountability and workers’ rights.

The group is pushing the legislation because most union members in the U.S. are represented by unions they have not voted for, according to a study conducted last year by the Heritage Foundation finding unions covered under the National Labor Relations Act only represented 6 percent of their current members that recently voted.

“Unions need to be accountable and represent the views of their current members,” said Chris Hudson, AFP-FL’s state director. “With over 90 percent of workers represented by a union they never voted for, this legislation ensures unions operating in Florida are more transparent and better serve its members.”

Specifically, the mailers encourage support for Longwood Republican Rep. Scott Plakon’s HB 25, which has a similar version in the Senate in Sarasota Republican Sen. Greg Steube’s SB 1036.

AFP-FL will track votes on the measure and factor them into its annual Economic Freedom Scorecard. Supportive votes will result in favorable scoring.

The recent direct mail launch complements an uptick in the group’s activity this Session. AFP-FL also is active in advocating for HB 13, which “prohibits a sports franchise from constructing, reconstructing, renovating, or improving a facility on public land leased from the state or a local government.” The bill passed the House floor last Friday.

In a recent op-ed, Hudson lays out further AFP-FL priorities for the 60-day lawmaking process, something he says Floridians have “much to be excited about.

Panel approves changes to judicial appointments

The Constitution Revision Commission is considering a measure that could settle future disputes over the appointment of Florida Supreme Court justices, but the proposal will do nothing to resolve a constitutional crisis looming early next year.

At question is whether Gov. Rick Scott or his successor, the winner of the 2018 governor’s race, will pick the replacements for three justices — Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince — whose terms end as Scott’s tenure comes to a close in early January 2019.

Scott has asserted the right to appoint the new justices, which could change the ideological balance of the court. The Supreme Court last month dismissed a challenge focused on who has the power to appoint the justices, deciding that it was too early to rule on the issue.

A proposal unanimously approved by the commission’s Ethics and Elections Committee on Friday would resolve that issue for future appointments by changing the mandatory retirement date for members of the Supreme Court, the five state appellate courts and for circuit and county judges.

The measure (Proposal 41), sponsored by Commissioner Bill Schifino of Tampa, would require justices and judges to retire on their birthdays once they reach the age of 75.

It would replace the current system where judges must retire when they reach the age of 70 but are allowed to finish their terms. Under that provision, the three Supreme Court justices have reached their mandatory retirement age but are serving out terms which end Jan. 9, which is also the day the next governor will take office.

However, Schifino’s proposal, if adopted by the full CRC and approved by 60 percent of the voters next fall, would not take effect until July 2019, meaning it would have no impact on the current appointment dispute.

Schifino, a former Florida Bar president, told The News Service of Florida he saw the CRC’s role as considering long-term constitutional changes rather than getting involved in trying to resolve more immediate disputes.

“We’re not here to fix a particular issue that is before us today,” Schifino said. “We’re thinking very long term.”

A major element of Schifino’s proposal would raise the mandatory retirement age for the justices and judges to 75.

Schifino said when the original 70-year-old limit was set in the state constitution decades ago, life expectancy was much shorter than the current projection of about 80 years for U.S. residents.

“I think it makes good, good sense to keep good, experienced judges on the bench,” he said.

Schifino also noted that the federal judicial system has no age limit for judges, including members of the U.S. Supreme Court. There are no age limits for other state government members, he said.

“I can’t think of another elected official or appointed official or anyone in the executive or legislative branches that has a mandatory retirement age,” Schifino said.

And although the proposal would not resolve the existing Supreme Court appointment dispute, Schifino said the imposition of a “drop dead” retirement date on a judge’s birthday would prevent future occurrences of multiple court vacancies on the same day.

“You won’t see this problem again,” he said.

Commissioner John Stemberger of Orlando, who is co-sponsoring the measure, told the CRC’s Judicial Committee earlier on Friday that he had talked to current and retired Supreme Court justices who supported a more orderly retirement and appointment process.

“They explained to me that having two or three justices retire on the same day does not provide the kind of continuity and stability to the court that is really best,” Stemberger said. “A better policy is to have the justices actually retire on their actual birthdays.”

Schifino’s proposal is now ready for consideration by the full commission, where it eventually must garner at least 22 votes to be placed on the November general election ballot.

Three former lawmakers, UCF trustee vie for PSC post

Three former state lawmakers and University of Central Florida trustee are among the applicants vying to fill a Public Service Commission seat left vacant when Gov. Rick Scott’s appointee withdrew last month following a sexual misconduct allegation.

Also applying is the long-time advisor to the last occupant of the $132,000-a-year post.

The Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council is scheduled to discuss the applications on Jan. 18 in the Senate Office Building before inviting finalists for interviews a week later. The council then will submit several names to Scott.

The five-member board regulates the rates charged by Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric Co. and Gulf Power.

The position is advertised as seeking an individual with knowledge in accounting, economics, energy, engineering, finance, law, natural resource conservation, public affairs, or fields substantially related to the regulation of gas, electric, telecommunications, water and wastewater utilities. The deadline to apply for the job was Friday.

Applications have been submitted by:

Robert Bennett, of Pensacola, a former chairman and chief executive officer with the U.S. Green Energy Corporation.

Stephany Carr, an attorney from Naples whose practice focuses exclusively on bankruptcy matters.

Baldwyn English, who served as the chief advisor to former Public Service Commissioner Ronald Brise for the past seven years.

William Conrad, a former mayor of Newberry and chairman of the Florida Municipal Power Agency.

— Former state Rep. Rich Glorioso, a Republican from Plant City.

— Former state Rep. Ken Littlefield, a Rebplican from Wesley Chapel.

— Former state Rep. Ray Pilon, a Republican from Sarasota who was a county commissioner and spent a decade as government affairs and communications director for the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority.

Erik Sayler, an associate public counsel with the state Office of Public Counsel, who has practiced before the commission.

— Former Pasco County Commission Chairman Ted Schrader.

Eric Seidel, a managing partner with the Tampa law firm Mclntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito.

David Walsh, of Winter Springs, who held the top role for Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems in the Western Hemisphere and was appointed by Scott in 2016 to the University of Central Florida Board of Trustees. Walsh, now an advisor to the energy industry, is also a former Westinghouse executive.

Both Glorioso and Littlefield made one of the short lists when three seats on the commission were open this summer.

Scott had appointed Ritch Workman, a former state House member from Melbourne, to the position in September. But Workman but withdrew his name from consideration after Senate Rules Chairwoman Lizbeth Benacquisto, a Fort Myers Republican, said she would not put his appointment on her committee’s agenda because of what she described as “abhorrent” sexual behavior toward her last year.

Workman, a Melbourne Republican, said he did not recall such an incident.

Fast and furious: House passes slew of bills

Aside from high-profile ‘sanctuary cities’ legislation, the Florida House on Friday also approved a bounty of bills on subjects including red-light cameras and insurance.

Here are a few:

Red-light cameras (HB 6001): The bill “prohibits counties and municipalities from implementing red light camera programs by local ordinance,” according to a summary. It passed 83-18. “It is clear that red light cameras are more about revenue than public safety,” Speaker Richard Corcoran said in a statement.

PIP repeal (HB 19): The measure repeals the state’s no-fault auto insurance system. The vote was 88-15. Also known as personal injury protection insurance, or PIP, it’s long been fraught with fraud. At one point, Florida was the top state for staged accidents, especially in the Tampa and Miami-Dade metropolitan areas. In its place, ‘bodily injury’ coverage will be required at a minimum of $25,000 per accident.

Assignment of benefits (HB 7015): This bill is the House’s overhaul of the contentious insurance issue for 2018. It was OK’d 82-20. Assignment of benefits “allows a third party to be paid for services performed for an insured homeowner who would normally be reimbursed by the insurance company directly after making a claim,” as one website defines it. A long-running dispute has pitted insurers against repair contractors and attorneys. Insurance companies accuse contractors of inflating repair bills; contractors blame insurers for low-balling payout offers. The problem is particularly acute in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. This year’s bill requires an ‘assignment agreement’ to be written, include a 7-day period within which the insured may rescind the agreement, and include an estimate of services, among other things.

Workers’ compensation (HB 7009): The measure, passed 74-30, addresses the workers’ comp issue. It encourages injured workers and carriers – and their attorneys – to attempt to resolve disputes amicably, for example. But workers’ comp insurance premiums have fallen sharply since the spring’s panic over last year’s proposed 14.5 percent increase in rates. The Office of Insurance Regulation later approved a decrease of 9.5 percent.

Stadium financing (HB 13): Passed 75-27, it tackles the issue of using public money to finance privately-owned stadiums. Among other provisions, it “prohibits a sports franchise from constructing, reconstructing, renovating, or improving a facility on public land leased from the state or a local government,” the summary says. “Billionaires don’t need handouts—whether it’s direct subsidies, tax abatements, or land leases well-below market value,” bill sponsor Bryan Avila said in a statement.

Ethics: Two bills, HB 11 and HB 7003, impose new or increased ethics and accountability requirements. For instance, elected mayors and city commissioners of larger municipalities will have to file “full and public disclosures of their financial interests in lieu of the less detailed form of disclosure required under current law.” Another measure, HB 5, increases the lobbying ban on former legislators from two years to six years. It passed 96-5.

These bills now head to the Senate for consideration.

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