Florida Senate - 2019                              CS for SB 882
       By the Committee on Commerce and Tourism; and Senator Gruters
       577-04030-19                                           2019882c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to restrictive covenants; creating s.
    3         542.336, F.S.; providing that certain restrictive
    4         covenants are void and unenforceable for a specified
    5         period; providing an effective date.
    7  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
    9         Section 1. Section 542.336, Florida Statutes, is created to
   10  read:
   11         542.336Invalid restrictive covenants.—A restrictive
   12  covenant entered into with a physician licensed under chapter
   13  458 or chapter 459 who practices a medical specialty in a county
   14  where one entity employs or contracts with, either directly or
   15  through related or affiliated entities, all physicians who
   16  practice such specialty in that county is not supported by a
   17  legitimate business interest and is void and unenforceable. Such
   18  restrictive covenant shall remain void and unenforceable for 3
   19  years after the date on which a second entity that employs or
   20  contracts with, either directly or through related or affiliated
   21  entities, one or more physicians who practice such specialty
   22  begins serving patients in that county.
   23         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.