A Florida Senate bill would place new restrictions on certain attorney advertisements that critics say can encourage consumers to discontinue their medications and cause lawyers to pocket higher contingency fees.

SB 1246, authored by Sen. Clay Yarborough (R-Jacksonville), would regulate legal ads that solicit clients for the filing of personal-injury lawsuits against drug makers. The bill would bar advertisements that offer professional medical advice or create the impression that the advice comes from a public agency.

This week, SB 1246 unanimously passed the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee on a vote of 9-0. That action followed a March 29 vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee, which passed the measure 10-0.

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