Sinkhole Loss and First-Responder Bills Presented to Governor

Jun 3, 2009

Florida Governor Charlie Crist was presented with two insurance-related bills today, June 3, along with 12 other bills. 

Senate Bill 742 relating to Sinkhole Losses would require the Florida Financial Services Commission to adopt a building code effectiveness grading schedule for sinkhole loss prevention ordinance evaluation purposes, and would require insurance discounts and surcharges based upon the sinkhole loss prevention ordinance grade assigned to a property.  The bill’s effective date is January 1, 2010.

Senate Bill 2282 relating to First-responder Services, also known as the “accident tax” bill, would prohibit local governments from charging fees for emergency responses to motor vehicle accidents unless the policy expressly provides for such coverage.  The bill, which has an effective date of July 1, 2009, excludes ambulance and hazardous waste clean-up fees.

The Governor must act on the bills by Thursday, June 18, 2009.


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