Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis doubled down Friday on his desire to see legislation that would create COVID-19 liability protections for businesses.
Patronis since May has advocated for a bill that would protect businesses from frivolous or predatory lawsuits amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Along the way, he’s described the legislation as a crucial part of Florida’s road to economic recovery.
“Folks are already operating on thin enough margins,” he said. “We need to make sure we’re doing everything we can to help them protect their employees and protect their customers.”
Patronis reiterated his case Friday at the Florida Chamber’s 2020 Virtual Insurance Summit. There, he argued businesses should have “peace of mind” if they’re doing their part to protect customers and employees.
“It’s time for these vital protections to be moving forward and proactive policies need to be part of the debate to ensure a healthy economic rebound for our state,” Patronis contended.
Patronis wasn’t the only lawmaker to stress the need for liability protection at the summit. Rep. Tom Leek said it would get airtime in the new Pandemic & Public Emergencies Committee he chairs.
Beyond liability protection, Patronis addressed Florida’s ongoing battle against insurance fraud.