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April 24, 2009

Ask Your Florida Legislators to Pass Accident Response Fee Ban

NAMIC has learned that SB 2282 and HB 1043, both of which would ban accident response fees in Florida, have been pulled from their final committees of reference and placed on the full Senate and House calendars.

There is only one week remaining in the 2009 Florida legislative session, so we urge you to contact your senators and House members as soon as possible, asking them to vote for this important legislation. Even if your company does not write auto insurance, we ask that you participate in this call to action because of the need for strong consumer contact.

Remind legislators that accidents response fees are a form of “double taxation,” and fairness issues abound when only non-residents or those with insurance are charged. Also, some municipalities attempt to charge the “at-fault” driver, without regard to how a determination of fault is made.

Many legislators will have seen the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee’s interim report and be well versed in the issue. Additionally, throughout the Florida session, committees have heard from various citizens groups protesting the fees.

So please add your voice to theirs at this crucial stage in the process. Contact your senators and House members today and ask that they pass SB 2282 and HB 1043.

Posted: Friday, April 24, 2009 12:00:00 AM. Modified: Monday, April 27, 2009 8:22:41 AM.

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