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Statement By: MAJORITY LEADER GARDINER ON PASSAGE OF LAWSUIT ABUSE REFORM

March 30, 2006
Source: House Majority Leader Andy Gardiner

TALLAHASSEE – House Majority Leader Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando) released the following statement today after the Senate’s passage of House Bill (HB) 145, repealing joint and several liability by a vote of 27 to 13:

“We welcome the action taken earlier today by the Florida Senate to affirm HB 145 and the repeal of the unfair joint and several liability law. Today’s vote sends a signal that Florida is a place where fairness is embraced and proportioned responsibility is honored.

“The long anticipated repeal of joint and several liability will be a reality once signed by Governor Bush. By creating a level playing field where consumers’ rights are honored and small businesses can thrive, we will strengthen an already robust economy and increase our competitiveness among other states.

“I would suggest that today’s action solidifies one of the single most important accomplishments of the 2006 Legislative Session. We are especially grateful to Speaker Allan Bense for bringing this discussion to the forefront. Passage of HB 145 is a sign that effective and efficient policymaking are alive and well in the Republican-led Legislature.”