Friday, Governor Charlie Crist signed HB 903 into state law, saving Florida employers millions in workersâ€™ compensation costs. This victory for Floridaâ€™s employers was possible thanks to your thousands of calls, emails, and in-person meetings with your legislators during session.Â Your grassroots efforts to urge Gov. Crist to sign the bill into law made the difference.
The Florida Chamber applauds the Governor and the Florida Legislature on the passage of this Florida Business Agenda priority.Â With unemployment in Florida at 9.6%, Floridaâ€™s employers need these resources to hire more employees and assist them in transitioning through these tough economic times.Â This legislation ensures injured workers receive more in benefits than plaintiffsâ€™ trial lawyers do in fees. The Florida Chamber, working with the support of our local chamber and statewide partners, fought for the passage of this bill throughout session.
The signing of this critical legislation is a victory for Floridaâ€™s employers, especially small businesses, who cannot afford higher costs while facing many other financial challenges.Â The legislation was aggressively opposed by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.