House workers’ compensation bill survives Democratic floor amendments
The House defeated a series of Democratic amendments to its version of a workers’ compensation fix Tuesday, with sponsor Danny Burgess promising the bill would “enhance the fairness and the balance of the workers’ compensation system in Florida.”
Burgess, whose Insurance & Banking Subcommittee drafted the legislation, also predicted a decline in premiums,
following the 14.5 percent rate increase that began taking effect in December.
“We are told it could be up to a 5 percent reduction,” he said.
Still, Democrats complained the bill was written more to please employers and insurance companies than working people.
“When are we going to put the workers first?” Tampa Democrat Sean Shaw wondered.