Fast and furious: House passes slew of bills – Florida Politics (blog)
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’