The Florida Senate passed HB 761 late yesterday by a 29-10 vote, less than a week after the bill sailed through the Florida House by a 99-14 vote. As we previously reported, passage of this bill paves the way for significant changes to the Florida Telephone Solicitation Act (“FTSA,” Fla. Stat. § 501.059). The bill must now be presented to the Florida Governor, who will have up to 15 days following presentment to sign or veto the bill. See Fla. Const., Art. III, § 8(a).
Once signed, the changes to the FTSA—which would apply retroactively to some pending litigation—will take effect immediately. We will keep you posted regarding the bill’s enactment and its impact on the lawsuits that have flooded Florida’s courts in the last year and a half.