Florida Governor Rick Scott Signs, Vetoes Insurance-Related Bills on June 16, 2015

Jun 17, 2015


Florida Governor Rick Scott signed 17 bills into law yesterday, June 16, 2015.  He also vetoed three.  Among those were various insurance-related proposals, which are listed below:

HB 87 relating to Construction Defect Claims by State Representative John Wood revises the construction defect claim process.  To view a summary of the bill, click here.

HB 189 relating to Insurance Guaranty Associations by State Representative Travis Cummings revises the definition of “asset” to include “admissible asset” as it relates to Florida Insurance Guaranty Association assessments.  To view a summary of the bill, click here.

HB 273 relating to Insurer Notifications by State Representative Keith Perry authorizes a policyholder of personal lines insurance to elect delivery of policy documents by electronic means.  To view a bill summary, click here.

HB 1127 relating to Insurance Fraud revises and provides criminal penalties for unlawful charges, as well as for operating or failing to report unlicensed clinics.  To view the bill summary, click here.

HB 1133 relating to the Division of Insurance Agents and Agency Services by State Representative Jay Fant revises the examination and pre-licensure education requirements for insurance agents and customer representatives.  To view a summary of the bill, click here.


Other bills of interest enacted by Governor Scott include:

HB 373 relating to Public Accountancy by State Representative Dan Raulerson revises provisions relating to licensure of public accounting firms.  To view a bill summary, click here.

HB 961 relating to Electronic Noticing of Trust Accounts by State Representative Doug Broxon authorizes posting to a secure electronic Web site or account as an additional permissible method of providing documents if the trustee receives written authorization from the beneficiary.  To view a bill summary, click here.


The Governor also vetoed three bills yesterday, two of which are detailed below:

HB 105 relating to Publicly Funded Retirement Programs by State Representative Dane Eagle would have expanded the taxing authority of certain county-established municipal service taxing units to include levying a new excise tax on property insurance policies covering properties within its area in order to reduce the local contribution to the municipal fire pension funds.  To read the Governor’s veto letter on HB 105, click here.

HB 435 relating to Administrative Procedures would have made numerous changes to Florida’s Administrative Procedures Act, including modifications to the existing method of challenging an agency’s proposed, existing and unadopted rules.  Click here to read the Governor’s veto letter.



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