Florida municipalities worry they could be subject to a myriad of lawsuits under new proposal

Florida municipalities worry they could be subject to a myriad of lawsuits under new proposal

Sen. Travis Hutson (R-Palm Coast) says businesses should be able to claim damages from local governments if they pass an ordinance that causes a revenue loss of 15% or more. Hutson is sponsoring a bill (SB 620) in the upcoming session that paves the way for that. The proposal was introduced to the Senate Judiciary Committee last November and was approved by a 7-4 vote. To file a claim, businesses must have been operating for more than three years, and must give 180 days’ notice.

Bill Herrle, the executive director of the Florida branch of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, believes the goal of the bill makes good economic sense because it will help ensure all business are lar...

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