Dear Fellow Floridians:
I am very pleased to share with you that all of the legislation our office
prioritized this year has been passed by both chambers of the Florida
Legislature and will be sent to Governor Scott to be signed into law.
Collectively, these bills help ensure consumer rights and protections, reduce
regulatory burdens and fight fraud.
One of the most significant ways these bills benefit Floridians is through
the creation of a Homeowner Claims Bill of Rights. This much-needed bill of
rights will notify Florida homeowners of their rights and responsibilities when
filing an insurance claim and give them the confidence that they will be treated
fairly during a stressful situation involving their home.
The Homeowner Claims Bill of Rights will be provided to any policyholder who
files a claim and will reference current Florida law in order to provide
policyholders with information about their rights in the claims process. The
bill of rights will also inform policyholders about what they should expect and
provide advice on the steps they should take in the claims process.
Additional bills passed during this year’s legislative session, which
concludes today, include a bill to more appropriately penalize employers
lacking workers' compensation coverage while helping them get back to work
faster once they have obtained coverage and come into compliance with Florida
law. Other bills will improve administrative processes and consumer services
within the Division of Insurance Agent and Agency Services, provide more
efficiency for investigations led by the Division of Public Assistance Fraud and
improve the Treasury’s ability to administer the Security for Deposits Program.
I am very appreciative of the efforts of all of our bill sponsors as well as
Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford whose leadership
made the passage of these bills possible.
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida
Atwater: We Stand Ready to Help Floridians Through Post-Storm
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater on Wednesday issued the
following statement regarding the devastating storms that impacted the
"Our thoughts and prayers remain with everyone who has been and continues to
be impacted by the recent storms in the Southeastern United States. I urge
everyone to follow news updates closely, and heed all safety warnings issued by
local and state authorities.
"As the cleanup process begins in Florida, our
Consumer Helpline stands ready and able to assist Floridians as
they navigate the post-storm insurance claims process. By calling
1-877-693-5236, our dedicated team of insurance professionals is equipped to
answer any and all of your insurance-related questions. During this stressful
time, allow us to work on your behalf to ensure you are treated fairly by your
insurer and that your claim is handled in a timely manner.
"I also encourage consumers to remain alert for potential scams that can
arise following a devastating storm. When hiring a contractor, make sure he or
she is appropriately licensed and carries adequate insurance coverage. Keep logs
of all telephone conversations and make copies of all documents you sign.
"While the recovery process will take time, we are available to all who are
in need, and I’m committed to doing everything necessary to ensure that our
residents are aware of their rights and are being taken care of throughout the
Bottom Line on Sports
The Spring edition of
Florida’s Bottom Line features information about
innovations in Florida’s sports industry and highlights how Florida is
successfully competing with the rest of the nation. The latest edition
includes essays by John F. Webb, president of the Florida Sports Foundation;
Joie Chitwood III, president of the Daytona International Speedway; and
Daryl Holt, vice president of digital game developer EA-Tiburon.
Click here to read the newest edition of
Florida’s Bottom Line.