Proposed Legislation In Florida Includes Electing Insurance Commissioner And Consumer Data Privacy
January 29, 2020 by Cheryl Yakey , Vikram Sidhu and Jared Wilner
Insurance Commissioner – If enacted, Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 1460 would make Florida the twelfth state to elect its insurance commissioner. The great majority of states, currently 39, have appointed insurance commissioners. In 37 of those states, appointments are made by the governor, and in the remaining two, of which Florida is one, they are appointed by a commission. SJR 1460 would add the insurance commissioner role to the governor’s cabinet. The first elected commissioner of insurance of Florida would assume office in January of 2023.
Privacy Legislation – Identical Consumer Data Privacy bills introduced in both the Florida House (HB 963) and Senate (SB 1670) continues the momentum from 2019 across several states to grant consumers greater control over their personal data. Twelve states introduced consumer data privacy laws in 2019, many of those modeled after the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) which became effective on January 1, 2020, and is widely considered the broadest and most sweeping privacy and data security law enacted in the United States to date. Of those states with legislation in 2019, only Mississippi’s was a near-clone of the CCPA, with the rest being narrower in scope. Florida’s law would be similarly narrower than the CCPA and notable differences would include: