Sovereign Immunity Limits
& Financial Disclosure Bills
will Both be Considered on
Wednesday, March 15
Sovereign Immunity
CS/HB 401 (Beltran) revises the statutory limits on liability for tort claims against the state, its agencies, and its subdivisions (which include cities). Current law sets the statutory limits at $200,000 per person and $300,000 per incident. The bill significantly increases the caps on sovereign immunity from $200,000 per person to $2.5 million per person and increase the limit per incident from $300,000 to $5 million.
CS/HB 401 (Beltran) will be considered by the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, March 15, at 11:30 a.m. (EST).

The Florida League of Cities is opposed to a 1250% increase to the current per-person cap and a 1600% increase to the current per-incident cap.

Action Needed:
Please contact members of the House Appropriations Committee (click here for contact info) and urge them to oppose CS/HB 401.

Message to House Members:
Please oppose CS/HB 401, which creates unreasonably high sovereign immunity limits - $2.5 million per person/$5 million per incident cap.

These unreasonably high limits would create financial hardship for cities like mine while significantly increasing insurance premiums which would become an additional burden on taxpayers.

The ability to collect larger settlements or judgments against government entities will substantially increase liability exposure and incentivize litigation.

It would force cities to either pass the cost on to taxpayers or pay the claim and sacrifice funding for other important programs and services like police and fire.

Municipalities’ budgets are already stretched thin, and this increase could cause serious financial issues, particularly for our smaller cities.

The Florida League of Cities welcomes a discussion on what the appropriate caps for sovereign immunity should be while balancing the impacts on the state and its agencies and subdivisions.

Click HERE for printable talking points.

Please contact David Cruz with any questions.
Financial Disclosures
CS/HB 37 (Roach) would require all municipal mayors, city commissioners, elected members of a municipal governing body, and all municipal and county managers to file an annual Full Disclosure of Financial Interests (Form 6) with the Florida Commission on Ethics. These individuals are currently required to file only a Limited Disclosure of Financial Interests (Form 1).
In Florida, county commissioners, county constitutional officers, state lawmakers and other state officials are currently required to file Form 6. 
CS/HB 37 will be considered by the House Local Administration, Federal Affairs & Special Districts Subcommittee on Wednesday, March 15 at 2:30 pm (EST).

Actions Needed:
  1. It is imperative that city officials come to Tallahassee to testify on this issue in person for Wednesday's committee meeting.
  2. If you have a representative who sits on the committee, contact them and share why you oppose this bill.
  3. Review the bullet points linked below to help formulate your personalized message.
  4. Please contact Allison Payne at or 850.545.2755, if you plan to attend in person. Please keep Allison informed on what communications you have with legislators on this issue. 

Additional Information:
Please contact Tara Taggart Chilton with any questions!
Keep Us Informed
Please email Allison Payne and let us know what communications you have with legislators on this issue.  

Thank you for your advocacy efforts!