House approves ‘PIP' repeal


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a proposal that would repeal the state's longstanding "no fault" auto insurance system.

The debate now shifts to the Senate, where a similar measure (SB 1766) has moved through one committee with less than three weeks left in the regular legislative session.

House members voted 89-29 to approve their version (HB 1063), filed by Rep. Erin Grall, R-Vero Beach.

The bill would eliminate a requirement that motorists have personal-injury protection, or PIP, coverage, which helps pay medical bills after accidents. Motorists instead would be required to have bodily injury coverage.

Grall said the bill would lead to a change in "personal responsibility" and would reduce auto-insurance rates. "It's time to repeal PIP," Grall said.

But opponent Larry Ahern, R-Seminole, said the changes would shift costs to health-insurance policies.