Supporters of a major Florida tort-reform bill designed to curb excessive civil lawsuits are hopeful the measure will gain state Senate approval this week and head to the governor’s desk.

House Bill 837, authored by Reps. Tommy Gregory (R-Lakewood Ranch) and Tom Fabricio (R-Miami Lakes), last week passed the Florida House of Representatives on an 80-31 vote. The bill could put the brakes on lawsuit abuses that supporters say have burdened the Florida economy.

“At this point all I can say is that we are hopeful that HB 837 passes the Senate this week and that Gov. (Ron) DeSantis signs it into law,” Michael Carlson, president and CEO of the Personal Insurance Federation of Florida told the Florida Record in an email.

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