TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Senate has narrowly passed a bill designed to crack down on the fraud that plagues Florida's mandatory and costly no-fault automobile insurance law.
The bill (HB 119) passed late Friday on a 21-19 vote. It now goes to Gov. Rick Scott, who had made the bill his top priority for the legislative session.
Scott came to the Senate moments after the vote to congratulate Senate President Mike Haridopolos for passing the bill. The state's insurance consumer advocate said Thursday that costs for the personal injury protection (PIP) coverage have increased $1.4 billion since 2008.
A tie vote would have defeated the measure.
The Senate had been demanding a guaranteed 25 percent rate reduction on PIP but settled for a 10 percent reduction that's not guaranteed.