Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis issued the following statement regarding the unanimous passage of one of his top priorities, House Bill 953, eliminating the fee imposed on Floridians to freeze their credit. The bill will now be ready to head to Gov. Rick Scott for signature.
“Recent reports indicate that Florida is the top state in the nation for consumer fraud, and ranks second for identity theft reports in 2017. We know one of the best ways to protect yourself from fraud is to freeze your credit. Today’s unanimous vote comes in the midst of National Consumer Protection Week and I’m proud Floridians will be able to more easily protect themselves from fraud.
“Thank you to Rep. Shawn Harrison, Sen. Jeffrey Brandes, and Commissioner Adam Putnam for their support of this good bill.”