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Weekly Legislative Update from April 14, 2017


SB 1582 -Relating to Workers’ Compensation Insurance
On Thursday, April 13th, SB 1582, by Senator Rob Bradley (R-Orange Park), was heard before the Senate Committee on Appropriations and passed by a vote of 16 yeas to 0 nays. AIF stood in opposition to this bill.

This legislation seeks to address the issues within Florida’s Workers’ Compensation law that have deemed the law unconstitutional; specifically the issue of rate increases, attorney fees, claimant benefits, etc. While AIF applauds Senator Bradley for his continues hard work on this delicate issue, we are confident that there is a solution that will address all aspects of the workers’ compensation system in Florida so that Floridians can avoid unnecessary, costly and time consuming litigation and receive the benefits they need if injured at work as quickly as possible.

SB 1582 will move on to the Senate Committee on Rules for its next hearing.

AIF OPPOSES this piece of legislation as it does not adequately address the rising cost of workers’ compensation rates on Florida’s employers due to increased costs of attorney fees.