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Weekly Legislative Update from January 26, 2018

Consumer Protection

SB 664-Relating to Salvage of Pleasure Vessels

On Thursday, January 25th, SB 664, by Senator Dana Young (R-Tampa) was heard before the Senate Committee on Transportation and passed by a vote of 5 yeas to 2 nays. AIF’s Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs, Brewster Bevis, spoke 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. During this committee stop, an amendment offered by the sponsor, was adopted to change the requirement that salvors must provide a customer or potential customer with a written work estimate for services, to requiring the salvor to provide a verbal and written notice that the service is not covered by their towing contract.

SB 664 will move on to its next hearing in the Senate Committee on Rules.

AIF supports legislation that ensures price transparency and consumer protections.