Florida Auto Insurance Bills Advance

By: AP Email
By: AP Email


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A pair of bills aimed at cracking down
on the runaway fraud haunting automobile insurers who are hit up
for millions of dollars in damages for staged accidents is moving
ahead.

The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee narrowly approved two measures that have the backing of the insurance industry. They
still have other committee hurdles before reaching the floor, where
their future is still uncertain. Tuesday's legislative action comes
just one day after state regulators released a study on the
enormity of the fraud, especially in the Tampa and Miami areas. Lawmakers thought they had the issue resolved with new legislation
just three years ago, but it instead led to more fraud.

One of the bills approved Tuesday would cap attorney fees at
$10,000 for personal injury claims.


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