Florida Public Adjuster Regulation Proposed Rule Hearing Scheduled for July 30

Jul 20, 2010


A proposed Rule hearing to update Florida regulations relating to public adjusters has been scheduled for July 30, 2010 by the Florida Department of Financial Services’ (“DFS”) Division of Insurance Agents and Agency Services at its Tallahassee office. 

During the hearing, recent legislative changes to Part VI of Chapter 626, F.S. as applicable to the following Rules will be reviewed:

69B-220.001: Pre-Qualification and Licensure of Emergency Adjusters
69B-220.051: Conduct of Public Adjusters
69B-220.201: Ethical Requirements

Proposed amendments to Rule 69B-220.001, F.A.C. define when an “emergency” exists and provide the procedures to obtain an online emergency adjuster license from the DFS.

Proposed amendments to Rule 69B-220.051, F.A.C. clarify the responsibilities and requirements of public adjusters and public adjuster apprentices, specify terms and conditions of public adjuster contracts, require a public adjuster license number on advertisements and prescribe practices to ensure fair dealing between public adjusters and claimants.

Proposed revisions to Rule 69B-220.201, F.A.C. update the code of ethics for all adjusters, clarify their ethical responsibilities and requirements and provide other special ethical requirements relating to public adjusters.

To view the complete text of each proposed Rule, click here.

Colodny Fass has received certain comments regarding the proposed language in Rule 69B-220.201(3)(f), F.A.C. that would include deadlines in the Adjuster Code of Ethics within which an adjuster must respond to a request for claims status from a party to an insurance contract or the party’s designated representative.  

Should you have any comments on this, or any other portion of the revisions to the proposed Rules, or have any comments you wish to have considered at this Rule hearing, please forward these to Sandy Fay (sfay@cftlaw.com) and Trevor Mask (tmask@cftlaw.com) at Colodny Fass no later than Tuesday, July 27.

A representative from Colodny Fass will attend the July 30 hearing, provide evidence and information, as appropriate, and provide a report on the proceedings.