Florida Senate - 2011                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 408
                                Barcode 454164                          
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                   Comm: WD            .                                
                  02/22/2011           .                                

       The Committee on Banking and Insurance (Fasano) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 609 and 610
    4  insert:
    5         Section 8. Section 626.8652, Florida Statutes, is created
    6  to read:
    7         626.8652Public adjuster for sinkhole insurance.—Effective
    8  July 1, 2012, a licensed public adjuster may not adjust claims
    9  under an insurance policy covering catastrophic ground cover
   10  collapse as provided under ss. 627.706-627.7074 unless the
   11  adjuster is certified by the department as having completed a
   12  sinkhole education program established by the department by rule
   13  and worked for at least 1 year under the direct supervision of a
   14  public adjuster certified under this section.
   15         (1) The department may waive this requirement and certify
   16  an adjuster who demonstrates to the department that he or she
   17  has adjusted at least 500 sinkhole claims, without having been
   18  subject to any disciplinary actions by the department, before
   19  July 1, 2012.
   20         (2) A certified public adjuster must submit to the
   21  department for review a copy of any proposed advertisement to
   22  the public in order to ensure that such advertisement does not
   23  contain any false, misleading, or deceptive information about
   24  the services to be provided by the adjuster. The department
   25  shall adopt advertising standards by rule. The department may
   26  charge a fee to cover the cost of reviewing such advertisements.
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   29         And the title is amended as follows:
   30         After line 56
   31  insert:
   32         creating s. 626.8652, F.S.; requiring public adjusters
   33         adjusting claims for sinkhole damage to be certified;
   34         providing certification requirements; providing an
   35         exemption for certain adjusters; requiring the
   36         Department of Financial Services to adopt advertising
   37         standards by rule and review proposed advertisements
   38         by certified adjusters; authorizing the department to
   39         charge a fee for such review;