Florida Senate - 2017 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 334 Ì266818JÎ266818 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RS . 03/29/2017 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Rules (Lee) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 55.035, Florida Statutes, is created to 6 read: 7 55.035 Prejudgment interest.—In any action in which a 8 plaintiff recovers noneconomic damages, a court may award 9 prejudgment interest upon a motion by the plaintiff if the court 10 finds that the award is warranted based on the nature of the 11 damages, the time elapsed between the date the defendant 12 received written notice of the claim and the verdict or 13 judgment, and the conduct of the parties and counsel in 14 expeditiously resolving the case. The interest rate that applies 15 to prejudgment interest awarded under this section is the rate 16 established pursuant to s. 55.03. 17 Section 2. This act does not affect the accrual of 18 prejudgment interest before the effective date of the act if 19 otherwise authorized by statute or common law. 20 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017, and 21 shall apply to causes of action that accrue on or after that 22 date. 23 24 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 25 And the title is amended as follows: 26 Delete everything before the enacting clause 27 and insert: 28 A bill to be entitled 29 An act relating to prejudgment interest; creating s. 30 55.035, F.S.; authorizing a court to award prejudgment 31 interest on noneconomic damages under certain 32 circumstances; specifying the rate at which interest 33 accrues; providing for construction and applicability; 34 providing an effective date.