Florida Senate - 2019                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. PCS (192902) for SB 7078
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Appropriations (Flores) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 1677 and 1678
    4  insert:
    5         Section 16. Section 542.336, Florida Statutes, is created
    6  to read:
    7         542.336 Invalid restrictive covenants.—A restrictive
    8  covenant entered into with a physician who is licensed under
    9  chapter 458 or chapter 459 and who practices a medical specialty
   10  in a county wherein one entity employs or contracts with, either
   11  directly or through related or affiliated entities, all
   12  physicians who practice such specialty in that county is not
   13  supported by a legitimate business interest. The Legislature
   14  finds that such covenants restrict patient access to physicians,
   15  increase costs, and are void and unenforceable under current
   16  law. Such restrictive covenants shall remain void and
   17  unenforceable for 3 years after the date on which a second
   18  entity that employs or contracts with, either directly or
   19  through related or affiliated entities, one or more physicians
   20  who practice such specialty begins offering such specialty
   21  services in that county.
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   24  And the title is amended as follows:
   25         Between lines 125 and 126
   26  insert:
   27         creating s. 542.336, F.S.; specifying that certain
   28         restrictive covenants entered into with certain
   29         physicians are not supported by legitimate business
   30         interests; providing legislative findings; providing
   31         that such restrictive covenants are void and shall
   32         remain void and unenforceable for a specified period;