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CFO Jimmy Patronis: Building a Better, Stronger Florida During the 2020 Legislative Session

2/13/2020

For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 13, 2020
Contact: Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com
Alecia Collins, 850.413.2842, alecia.collins@myfloridacfo.com
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis: Building a Better, Stronger Florida During the 2020 Legislative Session

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As we reach the midpoint of the 2020 Legislative Session, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis highlights important progress to help prevent cancer in our firefighters, protect Florida families from predatory practices after a disaster, safeguarding DNA data, support Florida's law enforcement community, and cracking down on fraud targeting Florida’s veterans.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “We’re now half way through the 2020 Regular Legislative Session, and we've been fighting hard to protect our first responders and every Florida family. After a disaster, Florida laws should favor Floridians, NOT insurance companies, public adjusters, and attorneys. Firefighters put themselves in harm’s way each day and we must give them the tools they need to fight their most terrifying of battles: cancer. Our veterans also deserve to know we have their backs when they're targeted by criminals wanting to steal their benefits. That is what we have been fighting for as we hit the halfway point of the 2020 legislative session and what we will continue to fight for until the last day.
 
“Thank you to our bill sponsors and our legislative team for their tireless work in advocating for the issues important to Floridians. Together, we continue to build a better, stronger Florida.”

2020 Legislative Update
 
Protecting Florida’s Insurance Consumers
The Consumer Protection Bill (SB 1492 by Sen. Tom Wright and HB 1137 by Rep. Chuck Clemons) passed committees in the House and Senate last week. HB 1137 has passed all committees of reference and is headed to the House Floor. SB 1492 has one remaining committee. One of CFO Patronis’ top priorities is to empower Florida’s insurance consumers and eliminate claims delays, especially following a storm.
 
Supporting Florida’s Firefighters
Firefighter Cancer Decontamination Equipment Grant Program bills (HB 487 by Rep. Elizabeth Fetterhoff and SB 1092 by Sen. Aaron Bean) are moving through the process, with HB 487 on the calendar for second reading in the House. This legislation builds on CFO and State Fire Marshal Patronis’ cancer prevention initiative to protect Florida’s firefighters from this deadly disease.
 
Protecting Veterans from Fraud and Scams
The Florida Veterans Protection Act (SB 294 by Sen. Tom Wright and HB 167 by Rep. Bobby Payne) were found favorable in their committees of reference and each have been placed on the calendar for second reading in their respective chambers. CFO Patronis is supporting this important legislation to protect Florida’s 1.5 million Veterans from fraud and scams.
 
Supporting Law Enforcement Officers
Bills regarding Law Enforcement Vehicles (SB 476 by Sen. Ed Hooper and HB 307 by Rep. Bobby Payne) passed the House and Senate and are headed to the Governor. CFO Patronis stands with law enforcement on this important legislation.
 
Securing Data Privacy for Floridians
HB 1189 (Rep. Chris Sprowls) Genetic Information for Insurance Purposes passed on the House floor. CFO Patronis supports measures to protect Floridians DNA data from falling into the wrong hands or being used against consumers in insurance matters.
 
Protecting Sexual Harassment Victims
Legislation to Protect Victims of Sexual Harassment (CS/HB 1077 by Rep. Chip LaMarca) passed the House Commerce Committee, which bolsters whistleblower protections for victims of sexual harassment by prohibiting the dissemination of any personal identifying information.
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About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. El Oficial Principal de Finanzas Patronis trabaja todos los días para luchar contra el fraude de seguros, apoyar a los bomberos de la Florida y garantizar que las finanzas del estado sean estables para respaldar el crecimiento financiero del estado. Siga las actividades del Departamento en Facebook (FLDFS) y Twitter (@FLDFS).