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2012 Session Summary: Insurance

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The insurance industry’s wish list for the 2012 session was industrywide but just two issues deep: limiting third-party "bad faith" lawsuits against insurance companies and changing the state’s no-fault system, known as personal injury protection, or PIP, which has been riddled by fraud for more than two decades. By the time session ended at midnight Friday the industry walked away with a PIP bill that, although watered down from an early proposal called an insurance industry’s dream bill, in final form is the most significant round of changes to the insurance program since perhaps its inception. Gov. Rick Scott made the issue a priority and pressed legislators to pass a bill that would reduce drivers’ automobile insurance rates. However, a bill to curb bad-faith lawsuits, HB 427, died in a subcommittee in January.

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