Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

PolitiJax; Consumer Groups Pushing for Vetoes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

PolitiJax; Consumer Groups Pushing for Vetoes

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The Florida Consumer Action Network wants Gov. Rick Scott to veto two measures it says will harm renters (HB 77) and auto buyers (HB 55).

"The 2013 Florida legislative session was especially hard on consumers this year," network executive director Bill Newton said in a release. "We witnessed the passage of expedited foreclosure, effective increase in the interest rate for consumer finance loans, and continuation of Advanced Nuclear Cost Recovery. But HB 77, eroding tenant rights, and HB 55, radically infringing on the consumer's ability to address auto fraud, will have an immediate impact on consumers at all income levels throughout Florida."

The bill requires an individual alleging a deceptive and unfair trade practice to first mail a detailed letter of claims to the auto dealer. If the dealer pays the claim and an additional surcharge that could be up to $500 within a 30-day window, the individual may not file suit. Among the changes in HB 77, the "Florida Residential Landlord and Tenant Act" attorney's fees may not be awarded for personal injury actions resulting from maintenance issues between a landlord and tenant. …

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