AIF Calls on House Commerce Committee to Adopt Workers’ Comp Amendments

April 6, 2017

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) today released the following statement on behalf of its President & CEO Tom Feeney, who also serves as the chair of its “Florida Workers’ Compensation Strategic Task Force,” that calls on the Florida House Commerce Committee to adopt the amendments to House Bill 7085, by the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee and Representative Danny Burgess, relating to Workers’ Compensation.  HB 7085 will be heard today in the House Commerce Committee, its first and only committee of reference.

“AIF today calls on members of the Florida House Commerce Committee to adopt the amendments to HB 7085 that will go a long way in rectifying our state’s wounded workers’ compensation system.  While there is still more work to be done to make Florida’s workers’ compensation system whole again, these good amendments support some of the fixes Florida’s business community proposed under our ‘Florida Workers’ Compensation Strategic Task Force.’

‘AIF commends Representative Burgess and the committee for their hard work on this legislation.  It is imperative we relieve burdensome pressures on Florida’s employers while ensuring injured workers get healthier in a timely manor.  Florida deserves a stable, self-executing and affordable system to care for injured workers.  With these amendments adopted today, HB 7085 could provide a solid framework for containing the crises created by hostile Florida Court decisions that would otherwise undercut Florida’s workers’ compensation system.” 
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