Mandatory BI Bill passed 10-0 in a Committee

Florida Senate Committee Approves Mandatory BI bill

The Banking and Insurance Committee approved a 10-0 vote to eliminate PIP and replace it with mandatory bodily injury coverage. This was just a committee…not the entire Senate. There are only two weeks left until this legislative session ends so it is unlikely that this will get approved by the entire Senate. Also, this was the same committee that completely ignored the bill last week.

There are still several other committees that would need to give their approval before the entire Senate gets to vote on it.

This bill was introduced twice by Senator David Simmons. Last week it was ignored and this week it passed 10-0. So why the difference?

  • Perhaps this was just the other Senators being nice to Mr. Simmons. Many news reports made Mr. Simmons sound like an idiot with no support. There are only two weeks left in this legislative session and there is no matching bill in the House. For those who slept through government classes in high school the same bill needs to pass through both the House and the Senate in order to get approved and sent to the Governor.
  • Perhaps the other Senators were letting the public know that if the new PIP law is declared unconstitutional then they are ready to get rid of PIP in next year’s session. They may also be trying to figure out who would support the elimination of PIP and who would oppose so they know for next year’s session.

Who is David Simmons and why does he want to replace PIP with mandatory BI?
David Simmons has brought up similar laws multiple times over the past several years. He is a lawyer at a large law firm in Central Florida that handles…you guessed it…insurance defense work! You can see the link to his law firm where they list “insurance defense” under their practice areas. It looks like they also handle Personal Injury cases for injury victims.

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