“Every year after the legislative session has concluded, AIF is proud to honor Florida lawmakers who are unwavering advocates for the business community with our Champions for Business award,” said former U.S. Representative Tom Feeney, AIF President and CEO. “These legislators, whether they introduced or ran an important bill, proposed meaningful changes to a bill or continually met with fellow lawmakers and constituents to compromise and hammer out differences, had a significant, positive impact during the 2019 Legislative Session. We applaud and thank each and every one of these senators and representatives, who help continue to make Florida the best place to live, work and do business.”
Together, both conservative lawmakers had a major impact on this year's grueling legislative cycle. Because of their efforts, consumers sick of being taken advantage of by scheming contractors across are finally getting the protection they deserve.
Under the broken system, homeowners are being duped into signing over the benefits of their insurance policies to contractors and attorneys, essentially allowing them to assume the role of the homeowner. In doing so, these third-parties racked up additional costs that were not used towards the repair. This practice would then lead to fraud and frivolous lawsuits. with these contractors suing insurance companies for failing to comply, thus driving up costs for consumers across the state.
Before the 60-day session began, DeSantis made it clear that reforming the abusive practice was a top priority, and he issued a challenge to the legislature to pass comprehensive legislation to end the ongoing "racket."
Broxson and Rommel accepted the challenge, and knocked it out the park. Their accomplishments this session continue to be praised by many in Florida's business community.
“I appreciate AIF’s recognition,” said Broxson. “It was hard work getting this legislation across the finish line, but it was very much worth the effort to protect consumers and restore integrity in Florida’s insurance system. I’m grateful for the support from colleagues in both chambers, President Galvano, Governor DeSantis, and groups like AIF that recognize how important this much-needed reform is.”
With the passing of legislation, Broxson and Rommel did the impossible, passing commonsense reform that puts Florida residents and businesses above frivolous lawsuits. With their victory in the House and Senate, the legislation passed will halt skyrocketing insurance costs, protect consumers from bad actors, and restore accountability in the insurance claims process.
The bill landed on the governor's desk in May, and was immediately signed by DeSantis. It will officially become law on July 1.
Both pro-business recipients are just two of the eight legislators receiving the prestigious award this year. Other award winners include Rep. Jaime Grant, Rep. Tom Leek, Rep. Paul Renner, Rep. Bryan Avila, Sen. Joe Gruters, and Sen. Kelli Stargel.
Known as “The Voice of Florida Business” in the Sunshine State, Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) has represented the principles of prosperity and free enterprise before the three branches of state government since 1920. A voluntary association of diversified businesses, AIF was created to foster an economic climate in Florida conducive to the growth, development, and welfare of industry and business and the people of the state.
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