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Daily Legislative Brief from February 27, 2018

Consumer Protection

HB 469 - Relating to Salvage of Pleasure Vessels

On Tuesday, February 27th, HB 469, by Representative Shawn Harrison (R-Tampa) was heard before the House Judiciary Committee and passed. AIF’s Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs, Brewster Bevis, stood in support of this bill.

This legislation creates the “Florida Salvage of Pleasure Vessels Act” (act) to provide certain consumer protections for salvage work performed on pleasure vessels. To provide protections, the salvor is required to provide a verbal and written notice that the service is not covered by their towing contract, that federal law will apply and that the cost of the salvage could cost up to the value of the vessel.

HB 469 will move on to the House floor for consideration.

AIF supports legislation that ensures price transparency and consumer protections.