Florida Senate - 2022                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 266
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Criminal Justice (Diaz) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Section 627.7491, Florida Statutes, is created
    6  to read:
    7         627.7491Official law enforcement vehicles; motor vehicle
    8  insurance requirements.—
    9         (1)For purposes of this section, the term:
   10         (a)“Law enforcement officer” has the same meaning as in s.
   11  943.10(1).
   12         (b)“Employing agency” means an agency that employs a law
   13  enforcement officer.
   14         (2)If an employing agency authorizes a law enforcement
   15  officer to travel to his or her place of residence in an
   16  official law enforcement vehicle outside of the course and scope
   17  of the officer’s employment or function, the employing agency
   18  shall maintain current and valid motor vehicle insurance,
   19  including bodily injury, death, and property damage liability
   20  coverage that covers the period in which a law enforcement
   21  officer travels to or from work in an official law enforcement
   22  vehicle and covers the time a law enforcement officer travels to
   23  and from any other employing agency assignment in an official
   24  law enforcement vehicle. However, such motor vehicle insurance
   25  is not required to provide for coverage if:
   26         (a)The law enforcement officer makes a distinct deviation
   27  for a nonessential personal errand unless a collective
   28  bargaining agreement permits such deviation; or
   29         (b)The law enforcement officer acts in bad faith or with
   30  malicious purpose or in a manner exhibiting wanton and willful
   31  disregard of human rights, safety, or property.
   32         (3)Any suit or action brought or maintained against an
   33  employing agency for damages arising out of tort pursuant to
   34  this section, including, without limitation, any claim arising
   35  upon account of an act causing loss of property, personal
   36  injury, or death, shall be subject to the limitations provided
   37  in s. 768.28(5).
   38         (4)The requirements of this section may be met by any
   39  method authorized by s. 768.28(16).
   40         Section 2. The Legislature finds and declares that this act
   41  fulfills an important state interest.
   42         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.
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   45  And the title is amended as follows:
   46         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   47  and insert:
   48                        A bill to be entitled                      
   49         An act relating to motor vehicle insurance; creating
   50         s. 627.7491, F.S.; providing definitions; requiring
   51         agencies that employ law enforcement officers to
   52         maintain motor vehicle insurance under certain
   53         circumstances; providing exceptions; providing
   54         liability limitations; providing methods in which the
   55         employing agency may meet the liability insurance
   56         requirements; providing a declaration of important
   57         state interest; providing an effective date.