Florida Senate set to take up bill aimed to protect businesses and insurers from lawsuits

TALLAHASSE, Fla. — The Florida Senate will move quickly on a wide-ranging bill aimed at shielding businesses and insurers from costly lawsuits.

The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee is scheduled Tuesday to take up the bill (SB 236), according to a newly published agenda.


Sen. Travis Hutson, R-St. Augustine, filed the bill Thursday.

It largely mirrors a controversial bill (HB 837) that started moving through the House last week.

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The bills include proposals such as eliminating what is known as “one-way” attorney fees in lawsuits against insurers and reducing from four years to two years a statute of limitations for filing negligence lawsuits.

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The Senate committee will hear the bill on the first day of the 60-day legislative session.

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