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Chair : G. Alan Howard
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2013 Legislative Session
BLS Legislation Committee
Although the Legislation Committee reviews all bills of interest to the Business Law Section, it is actively pursuing passage of the following legislation of interest to this Section during the 2012 session:
1.Courts funding.We are once again part of a large team (Big Bar lobbyists, all Section lobbyists, business interests) working on supporting adequate funding for Florida’s courts.There are a number of proposals being floated at this time, including various pre-filed bills. However, amid another tough budget scenario, there is a lot of work to be done to secure funding for our courts.
2.Transferee Tax Liability. This Section bill is sponsored in the House by Rep. Wood (HB 103) and in the Senate by Sen. Altman (SB 170).The bill would clarify Section 213.758, Florida Statues, regarding a transferee’s liability for transferor taxes in connection with sale of a business.
3.UCC. This Section bill is sponsored in the House by Rep.Passidomo(HB 483) and in the Senate by Sen. Richter (SB 1090). The bill updates and clarifies Article 9 of the UCC as adopted in Florida (Chapter 679, Florida Statutes).
4.Revised Uniform Arbitration Act.This Section bill is sponsored in the House by Rep. Harrison (HB 963) and we are still seeking a sponsor in the Senate. The bill would update and modernize the Florida Arbitration Code.
In addition, in accordance with positions adopted by the Executive Council of the Business Law Section, the Legislation Committee and Section lobbyists are opposing:
A. Non-judicial foreclosure. This Section position opposes amendments to existing Florida law governing real property foreclosures unless those amendments carefully preserve and protect the property rights and due process rights of the holders of interests in or affecting Florida real property.
B. Foreign Law. The Section opposes proposed legislation that would restrict or eliminate the application of foreign law by Florida courts or require dispute resolution in a foreign venue.
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