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Statements by CFO Sink & Insurance Consumer Advocate on Passage of Pro-consumer Public Adjuster Legislation


CONTACT:  Tara Klimek or Kevin Cate
(850) 413-2842  
TALLAHASSEE— Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and interim Insurance Consumer Advocate Terry Butler today applauded the Legislature’s passage of the important public adjuster reforms within Senate Bill 2012.  CFO Sink’s Department of Financial Services licenses and regulates public adjusters, who are retained by policyholders to assist in preparing, filing and adjusting insurance claims. 
The reforms arose out of the Task Force on Citizens Property Insurance Claims Handling and Resolution, which is managed by the Office of the Insurance Consumer Advocate and chaired by State Senator Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey).  Originally sponsored by Sen. Fasano and State Representative Julio Robaina (R-Miami), the reforms limit the contingency fees charged by adjusters, prohibit intrusive solicitation practices, and require that a person must work as an apprentice under the supervision of a licensed public adjuster for one-year before being eligible to be licensed as a public adjuster. 
“These reforms will better protect Floridians who have suffered losses after a hurricane and are trying to rebuild and restore their lives and homes,” said CFO Sink, who oversees the Office of the Insurance Consumer Advocate.  “I am thankful we were able to increase protections for consumers who need help in the wake of a hurricane.”
“I am very pleased that Floridians will see greater protection with the passage of these reforms generated by the Citizens Task Force members,” said interim Insurance Consumer Advocate Terry Butler.  “These new laws will benefit homeowners who need the help of a public adjuster to settle their insurance claims.”
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink  oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.