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The Trust takes an active role in monitoring changes that may occur at the State and Federal governmental levels which could potentially affect the quality and/or quantity of your insurance coverages.

As an added service to the membership, legislative summaries of insurance related issues are available for review. The summaries are prepared by the Trust's legislative liaison, the Pennington Law Firm, located in Tallahassee, Florida

Insurance-related Legislation

As of May 4, 2015

Issue Topic Bill Number and Sponsor Status Description
Claims HB 21
Hager
SENATE - Substituted for SB 0326; Read Third Time; Passed HOUSE - Order enrolled, Enrolled Text Filed
Substance Abuse Services: Requires DCF to create voluntary certification program for recovery residences; requires DCF to approve credentialing entities to develop & administer certification program; requires background screening of recovery residence employees; provides for denial, suspension, or revocation of certification; directs DCF to approve at least one credentialing entity by specified date to develop & administer certification program; requires DCF to publish list on its website. Effective Date: July 1, 2015
Claims SB 326
Clemens
SENATE - Read Second Time; Substituted for HB 0021; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 0021
Substance Abuse Services; Requiring the Department of Children and Families to create a voluntary certification program for recovery residences; requiring the department to approve credentialing entities to develop and administer the certification program; requiring an approved credentialing entity to establish procedures for certifying recovery residences that meet certain qualifications; requiring background screening of employees of a recovery residence; directing the department to approve at least one credentialing entity by a specified date to develop and administer the certification program; requiring the department to publish the list on its website, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2015
Claims SB 22
Bradley
SENATE - Substituted for HB 3519; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 3519
Relief of Joseph Stewart and Audrey Stewart by the City of Jacksonville; Providing for the relief of Joseph Stewart and Audrey Stewart on behalf of their son, Aubrey Stewart, by the City of Jacksonville; providing for an appropriation to compensate Aubrey Stewart for injuries and damages sustained as a result of the negligence of the City of Jacksonville; providing a limitation on the payment of fees and costs; providing for repayment of Medicaid liens, etc. CLAIM: $3,300,000.00 Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Claims HB 3525
Rouson
HOUSE - Referred to: Civil Justice Subcommittee - Pending consideration; Judiciary Committee
Relief/Thomas & Karen Brandi/Haines City: Provides appropriation to compensate Thomas & Karen Brandi for injuries & damages sustained as result of negligence of employee of Haines City; provides that appropriation settles all present & future claims relating to injuries & damages sustained by Thomas & Karen Brandi; provides limitation on payment of fees & costs.CLAIM: $825,094.00 Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Claims HB 3519
Jones (M)
HOUSE - Read Third Time; Passed, Ordered enrolled, Enrolled Text (ER) Filed SENATE - Substituted for SB 0022, Read Third Time; Passed
Relief/Joseph Stewart & Audrey Stewart/City of Jacksonville: Provides for relief of Joseph Stewart & Audrey Stewart on behalf of their son, Aubrey Stewart, by City of Jacksonville; provides for appropriation to compensate Aubrey Stewart for injuries & damages sustained as result of negligence of City of Jacksonville; provides limitation on payment of fees & costs; provides for repayment of Medicaid liens. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Claims SB 26
Diaz de la Portilla
SENATE - Referred to: Special Master on Claim Bills - Favorable; Judiciary - Favorable; Community Affairs - Pending consideration; Fiscal Policy; Unfavorable by Community Affairs - Laid on Table
Relief of Thomas and Karen Brandi by Haines City; Providing for the relief of Thomas and Karen Brandi by Haines City; providing an appropriation to compensate them for injuries and damages sustained as a result of the negligence of an employee of Haines City; providing that the appropriation settles all present and future claims relating to the injuries and damages sustained by Thomas and Karen Brandi; providing a limitation on the payment of fees and costs, etc. CLAIM: $825,094.00 Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Claims SB 28
Diaz de la Portilla
SENATE - Referred to: Special Master on Claim Bills - Unfavorable; Judiciary - Favorable; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services - Pending consideration; Appropriations
Relief of Charles Pandrea by the North Broward Hospital District; Providing for the relief of Charles Pandrea by the North Broward Hospital District; providing for an appropriation to compensate Charles Pandrea, husband of Janet Pandrea, for the death of Janet Pandrea as a result of the negligence of the North Broward Hospital District; providing a limitation on the payment of fees and costs, etc. CLAIM: $608,555.00 Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Claims SB 30
Montford
SENATE - Referred to: Special Master on Claim Bills - Favorable; Judiciary - Favorable; Community Affairs - Pending consideration; Fiscal Policy
Relief of Jennifer Wohlgemuth by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office; Providing for the relief of Jennifer Wohlgemuth by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office; providing for an appropriation to compensate her for injuries and damages sustained as a result of the negligence of an employee of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office; etc. CLAIM: $8,624,754.00 Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Claims SB 32
Soto
SENATE - Referred to: Special Master on Claim Bills; Judiciary; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; Appropriations
Relief of Donald Brown by the District School Board of Sumter County; Providing for the relief of Donald Brown by the District School Board of Sumter County; providing an appropriation to compensate Donald Brown for injuries sustained as a result of the negligence of an employee of the District School Board of Sumter County; providing a limitation on the payment of fees and costs; providing that certain payments and the appropriation satisfies all present and future claims related to the negligent act, etc. CLAIM: $1,400,000.00 Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Claims HB 3515
Jenne
HOUSE - Referred to: Civil Justice Subcommittee - Pending Consideration; Judiciary Committee
Relief/Donald Brown/School Board of Sumter County: Provides appropriation to compensate Donald Brown for injuries sustained as result of negligence of employee of School Board of Sumter County; provides limitation on payment of fees & costs; provides that certain payments & appropriation satisfies all present & future claims related to negligent act. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Claims SB 36
Diaz de la Portilla
SENATE - Substituted for HB 3513; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 3513
Relief of the Estate of Victor Guerrero by Pasco County; Providing for an appropriation to compensate the Estate of Victor Guerrero for Officer Guerrero’s death, which was the result of negligence by an employee of Pasco County; providing that the appropriation settles all present and future claims relating to the death of Officer Guerrero; providing a limitation on fees and costs, etc. CLAIM: Indeterminate Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Claims HB 3513
Nunez
HOUSE - Read Third Time; Passed, Ordered enrolled, Enrolled Text Filed SENATE - Substituted for SB 0036, Read Third Time; Passed
Relief/Estate of Victor Guerrero/Pasco County: Provides for appropriation to compensate Estate of Victor Guerrero for Officer Guerrero’s death, which was result of negligence by employee of Pasco County; provides that appropriation settles all present & future claims relating to death of Officer Guerrero; provides limitation on fees & costs. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Claims SB 42
Braynon
SENATE - Substituted for HB 3547; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 3547
Relief of Javier Soria by Palm Beach County; Providing for the relief of Javier Soria by Palm Beach County; providing for an appropriation to compensate him for injuries sustained as a result of negligence by an employee of Palm Beach County; providing a limitation on the payment of fees and cost, etc. CLAIM: $100,000.00 Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Claims SB 44
Grimsley
SENATE - Substituted for HB 3505; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 3505
Relief of the Estate of Lazaro Rodriguez by the City of Hialeah; Providing for the relief of the Estate of Lazaro Rodriguez and his legal survivors by the City of Hialeah; providing an appropriation to compensate the Estate and Lazaro Rodriguez’s legal survivors for injuries sustained as a result of the negligence of the City of Hialeah; providing a limitation on the payment of fees and costs; providing that the appropriation settles all present and future claims related to the wrongful death of Lazaro Rodriguez, etc. CLAIM: $485,000.00 Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Claims HB 3505
Steube
HOUSE - Read Third Time; Passed, Ordered enrolled, Enrolled Text Filed SENATE - Substituted for SB 0044, Read Third Time; Passed
Relief/Estate of Lazaro Rodriguez/City of Hialeah: Provides appropriation to compensate Estate of Lazaro Rodriguez & his legal survivors for injuries sustained as result of negligence of City of Hialeah; provides limitation on payment of fees & costs; provides that appropriation settles all present & future claims related to wrongful death of Lazaro Rodriguez. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Claims SB 46
Grimsley
SENATE - Referred to: Special Master on Claim Bills - Favorable; Judiciary - Temporarily Postponed; Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice
Relief of Clinton Treadway by the State of Florida; Providing for the relief of Clinton Treadway; providing an appropriation and certain benefits to compensate Clinton Treadway for being wrongfully incarcerated for 7 years and 25 days; requiring the Department of Legal Affairs and the Department of Law Enforcement to immediately expunge Clinton Treadway’s criminal record arising from his wrongful incarceration; providing that certain benefits and the appropriation satisfies all present and future claims related to the wrongful incarceration of Clinton Treadway, etc. CLAIM WITH APPROPRIATION: $350,000.00 Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Claims HB 3509
Albritton
HOUSE - Referred to: Civil Justice Subcommittee - Pending consideration; Appropriations Committee; Judiciary Committee
Relief/Clinton Treadway/State of Florida: Provides for relief of Clinton Treadway for wrongful incarceration; directs CFO to draw warrant for purchase of annuity; provides conditions for purchase of annuity; requires DLA & FDLE to immediately expunge Clinton Treadway’s criminal record from his wrongful incarceration; provides that act does not waive certain defenses or increase state’s liability; provides that certain benefits & appropriation satisfies all present & future claims related to wrongful incarceration; provides limitation on payment of fees & costs; provides that unused compensation provided under act shall be revoked upon future finding that he is not innocent of alleged crimes for which he was wrongfully incarcerated & provides for reversion of unused funds. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Claims SB 52
Negron
SENATE - Substituted for HB 3533; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 3533
Relief of the Estate of Manuel Antonio Matute by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office; Providing for the relief of Criss Matute, Christian Manuel Torres, Eddna Torres De Mayne, Lansky Torres, and Nasdry Yamileth Torres Barahona, as beneficiaries of the Estate of Manuel Antonio Matute, by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office; providing for an appropriation to compensate them for the wrongful death of their father, Manuel Antonio Matute, as a result of the negligence of an employee of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office; providing that the amount paid by the sheriff’s office and the appropriation satisfy all present and future claims related to the negligent act; providing a limitation on the payment of fees and costs, etc. CLAIM: $371,851.00 Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Claims SB 56
Braynon
SENATE - Referred to: Special Master on Claim Bills; Judiciary; Community Affairs; Fiscal Policy
Relief of Ramiro Companioni by the City of Tampa; Providing for the relief of Ramiro Companioni by the City of Tampa; providing for an appropriation to compensate Mr. Companioni for injuries sustained as a result of the negligence of an employee of the City of Tampa; providing a limitation on the payment of fees and costs, etc. CLAIM: $17,828,800.00 Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Claims SB 60
Simpson
SENATE - Substituted for HB 3543; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 3543
Relief of Roy Wright and Ashley Wright by the North Brevard County Hospital District; Providing for an appropriation to compensate Roy Wright and Ashley Wright, individually and as guardians of Tucker Wright, for injuries and damages sustained by Tucker Wright as a result of the negligence of an employee of Parrish Medical Center; providing a limitation on the payment of fees and costs; providing that certain payments and the appropriation satisfy all present and future claims related to the negligent act, etc. CLAIM: $395,000.00 Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Claims SB 66
Legg
SENATE - Substituted for HB 3521; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 3521
Relief of Ronald Miller by the City of Hollywood; Providing for the relief of Ronald Miller by the City of Hollywood; providing for an appropriation to compensate him for injuries sustained as a result of the negligence of an employee of the City of Hollywood; providing a limitation on the payment of fees and costs, etc. CLAIM: $100,000.00 Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Claims HB 3521
Jenne
HOUSE - Read Third Time; Passed, Ordered enrolled; Enrolled Text Filed SENATE - Substituted for SB 0066, Read Third Time; Passed
Relief/Ronald Miller/City Of Hollywood; Provides for appropriation to compensate Ronald Miller for injuries sustained as result of negligence of employee of City of Hollywood; provides limitation on payment of fees & costs. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Claims SB 68
Legg
SENATE - Substituted for HB 3511; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 3511
Relief of Carl Abbott by the Palm Beach County School Board; Providing for the relief of Carl Abbott by the Palm Beach County School Board; providing for an appropriation to compensate Carl Abbott for injuries sustained as a result of the negligence of an employee of the Palm Beach County School District; providing a limitation on the payment of fees and costs, etc. CLAIM: Indeterminate Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Claims HB 3511
Raburn
HOUSE - Read Third Time; Passed, Ordered enrolled, Enrolled Text Filed SENATE - Substituted for SB 0068, Read Third Time; Passed
Relief/Carl Abbott/Palm Beach County School Board: Provides for appropriation to compensate Carl Abbott for injuries sustained as result of negligence of employee of Palm Beach County School District; provides that appropriation settles all present & future claims relating to injuries of Carl Abbott; provides limitation on fees & costs. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Claims SB 72
Flores
SENATE - Referred to: Special Master on Claim Bills - Favorable; Judiciary - Favorable; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education - Favorable ; Appropriations - Pending consideration
Relief of Altavious Carter by the Palm Beach County School Board; Providing for the relief of Altavious Carter by the Palm Beach County School Board; providing for an appropriation to compensate Mr. Carter for injuries sustained as a result of the negligence of a bus driver of the Palm Beach County School District; providing a limitation on the payment of fees and costs, etc. CLAIM: $994,034.00 Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Claims SB 76
Flores
SENATE - Referred to: Special Master on Claim Bills; Judiciary; Community Affairs; Fiscal Policy
Relief of Melvin and Alma Colindres by the City of Miami; Providing for the relief of Melvin and Alma Colindres by the City of Miami; providing for an appropriation to compensate them for the wrongful death of their son, Kevin Colindres, which occurred as a result of the negligence of police officers of the City of Miami; providing a limitation on the payment of fees and costs, etc. CLAIM: $2,550,000.00 Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Claims SB 78
Flores
SENATE - Substituted for HB 3557; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 3557
Relief of Maricelly Lopez by the City of North Miami; Providing for the relief of Maricelly Lopez by the City of North Miami; providing for an appropriation to compensate Maricelly Lopez, individually and as personal representative of the Estate of Omar Mieles, for the wrongful death of her son, Omar Mieles, which was due to the negligence of a police officer of the City of North Miami; providing a limitation on the payment of fees and costs; providing that the appropriation settles all present and future claims related to the death of Omar Mieles, etc. CLAIM: $1,611,237.00 Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Claims SB 82
Grimsley
SENATE - Referred to: Special Master on Claim Bills; Judiciary; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; Appropriations
Relief of Mark, Robin, and Marcus Button by the Pasco County School Board; Providing for an appropriation to compensate Marcus Button for injuries sustained as a result of the negligence of an employee of the Pasco County School Board; providing for an appropriation to compensate Mark and Robin Button, as parents and natural guardians of Marcus Button, for injuries and damages sustained by Marcus Button; providing a limitation on the payment of fees and costs, etc. CLAIM: $1,507,364.00 Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Hazardous Walking Conditions HB 41
Metz
HOUSE - Engrossed with Amendments; Passed, Ordered enrolled, Enrolled Text (ER) Filed SENATE - Substituted for SB 0154, Read Third Time; Passed
Revises criteria that determine hazardous walking conditions for public school students; revises procedures for inspection & identification of hazardous conditions; authorizes district school superintendents to initiate formal request for correction of hazardous conditions; requires district school boards to provide transportation to students who would be subjected to hazardous conditions; requires state or local entities with jurisdiction over roads with hazardous conditions to correct condition; provides requirements for governmental entities relating to capital improvement programs; provides requirements relating to civil actions for damages. Effective Date: July 1, 2015
Hazardous Walking Conditions SB 154
Hays
SENATE - Read Second Time; Substituted for HB 0041; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 0041
Revising criteria that determine a hazardous walking condition for public school students; requiring a district school board to correct hazardous walking conditions and provide transportation to students who would be subjected to hazardous walking conditions; requiring state or local governmental entities with jurisdiction over a road with a hazardous walking condition to correct the condition within a reasonable period of time, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2015
Diabetes Awareness Training for Law Enforcement Officers HB 201
Narain
HOUSE - Passed, Ordered enrolled, Enrolled Text (ER) Filed SENATE - Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading; Substituted for SB 0746; Read Third Time; Passed
Designates act "Arthur Green, Jr., Act"; requires Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission to develop standards for instruction of law enforcement officers in diabetic emergencies; specifies topics to be included. Effective Date: 7/1/2015
Diabetes Awareness Training for Law Enforcement Officers SB 746
Lee (T)
SENATE - Read Third Time; Substituted for HB 0201; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 0201
Citing this act as the "Arthur Green, Jr., Act"; requiring the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission to develop standards for instruction of law enforcement officers on diabetic emergencies; specifying topics to be included in the instruction, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2015
Regulation of Not-for-profit Self-insurance Funds HB 405
La Rosa
HOUSE - Referred to: Insurance & Banking Subcommittee - Favorable; Government Operations Appropriations Subcommittee - Favorable; Regulatory Affairs Committee - Temporarily Postponed
Revises requirements for formation of corporation not for profit self-insurance funds. Effective Date: July 1, 2015
Regulation of Not-for-profit Self-insurance Funds SB 830
Simmons
SENATE - Referred to: Banking and Insurance - Favorable; Commerce and Tourism -Temporarily Postponed; Fiscal Policy
Revising the requirements for a participating member of a corporation not for profit self-insurance fund, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2015
Volunteer Firefighting HB 495
Beshears
HOUSE - Referred to: Insurance & Banking Subcommittee - Pending consideration; Local Government Affairs Subcommittee; Regulatory Affairs Committee
Redefines term "volunteer firefighter"; provides that certain provisions relating to fire standards & training do not apply to certain fire service providers, firefighter employers or volunteer firefighters. Effective Date: July 1, 2015
Volunteer Firefighting SB 244
Dean
SENATE - Referred to: Banking and Insurance - Favorable; Community Affairs - Favorable; Fiscal Policy - Pending Consideration
Specifying that the provisions of the chapter and rules of the Division of State Fire Marshal relating to fire standards and training and the Florida Firefighters Occupational Safety and Health Act do not apply to a fire service provider or firefighter employer that is a municipality or county with a specified population if utilizing a volunteer firefighter or volunteer fire department, and do not apply to a volunteer firefighter who is being utilized by such a provider or an employer, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2015
Maximum Reimburse- ment Allowances SB 1060
Simmons
HOUSE - In Messages
Providing that a specified restriction does not apply to the adoption of maximum reimbursement allowances approved by the three-member panel, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2015
Maximum Reimburse- ment Allowances HB 1013
Hagar
HOUSE - Referred to: Rulemaking Oversight & Repeal Subcommittee - Favorable; Insurance & Banking Subcommittee - Favorable; Regulatory Affairs Committee - Pending consideration
Maximum Reimbursement Allowances for Workers’ Compensation Medical Services: Revises process for establishing schedules of maximum reimbursement allowances; provides that adoption of schedules of maximum reimbursement allowances is subject to administrative proceedings & judicial review. Effective Date: July 1, 2015
General Tort Liability SB 978
Richter
SENATE - Referred to: Judiciary; Rules
Providing for applicability of the punitive damages limitation, etc. ; Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Punitive Damages HB 1067
Santiago
HOUSE - Referred to: Civil Justice Subcommittee - Temporarily Postponed; Judiciary Committee
Deletes language applying punitive damages limitation for certain civil actions prospectively only & applies it to all actions in which judgment has not been entered, regardless of when cause of action arose. Effective Date: upon becoming a law