Florida Senate - 2016 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 1248 Ì161206xÎ161206 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: WD . 02/16/2016 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Banking and Insurance (Margolis) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete lines 56 - 70 4 and insert: 5 Section 2. Section 627.716, Florida Statutes, is created to 6 read: 7 627.716 Prohibited practices related to repair, mitigation, 8 and restoration services; penalties.— 9 (1) A person or entity may not directly or indirectly 10 offer, deliver, receive, or accept any compensation, inducement, 11 or reward greater than $25 for the referral of any business for 12 the repair, mitigation, or restoration of property for which 13 property insurance proceeds are payable. 14 (2) An entity or person, including a contractor licensed 15 under part I of chapter 489 or a subcontractor to the 16 contractor, that provides emergency remediation or restoration 17 services for an insured under a property insurance policy in 18 this state must: 19 (a) Provide an insured with a scope of services and 20 materials to be provided for repairs undertaken pursuant to a 21 property insurance claim before the agreement authorizing such 22 repairs is executed. 23 (b) Notify the insured in writing that any assignment 24 accepted by the person or entity is limited to the scope of the 25 work indicated therein; that the insured may have other claims 26 under their homeowner’s insurance policy that are not covered by 27 this assignment; and that the insured may wish to contact a 28 public adjuster or attorney to evaluate other claims and 29 coverages. Nothing in this section prohibits the use of post 30 loss, partial assignments in homeowner’s insurance claims. 31 (3) The department may, in a proceeding initiated pursuant 32 to chapter 120, seek a cease and desist order, and if a cease 33 and desist order is violated, impose an administrative fine of 34 not more than $10,000 per violation against any person found in 35 the proceeding to have violated this section. Any cease and 36 desist order or administrative fine levied by the department 37 under this subsection may be enforced by the department by 38 appropriate proceedings in the circuit court of the county in 39 which the person resides. The department may recommend to the 40 appropriate licensing agency or board that disciplinary action 41 be taken against persons licensed by other agencies or boards. 42 43 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 44 And the title is amended as follows: 45 Delete lines 6 - 12 46 and insert: 47 627.716, F.S.; prohibiting a person or entity from 48 certain actions relating to the referral of certain 49 business related to certain repair, mitigation, and 50 restoration services; specifying requirements for an 51 entity or person that provides certain emergency 52 remediation or restoration services; authorizing the 53 Department of Financial Services to seek a cease and 54 desist order and administrative fines for certain 55 violations; authorizing the department to enforce such 56 penalties in a specified circuit court; authorizing 57 the department to recommend disciplinary action to 58 other licensing agencies or boards; providing an 59 effective date.