A second piece of legislation has been introduced in the Florida Legislature that would place limitations on litigation filed against senior living facilities.

Senate Bill 1304 was introduced February 28 by state Senator Colleen Burton (R-Lakeland). Like the sister bill introduced last week in the House, it includes a ban on expert witnesses testifying on a contingency fee basis.

The bill also would place new rules on admitting evidence when senior residents make claims of rights violations, according to the bill’s text. Tort reform backers see such provisions as sensible to reduce excessive litigation that can drive up senior living costs.