Gov. Ron DeSantis has vetoed laws that would will increase the utmost worth of a motor car that may perhaps be exempted from personal bankruptcy conditions from $1,000 to $5,000.

The evaluate (CS/HB 265), sponsored by the House Civil Justice & Home Rights Subcommittee and Democratic Rep. Mike Gottlieb, cleared both equally the Household and Senate chambers in unanimous votes.

The laws would have lifted the exemption value of a debtor’s desire in a motor auto from $1,000 to $5,000 in bankruptcy instances. In his transmittal letter announcing his veto of the monthly bill, DeSantis stated that the increased exemption volume should really implement to procedures exterior of individual bankruptcy, way too, in an effort to not incentivize personal bankruptcy.

“Although it could be time to take into account rising the outdated exemption volume, this increase ought to utilize to all folks who can declare Florida exemptions, no matter whether in or out of bankruptcy, so that people are not incentivized to file for personal bankruptcy, which has prolonged-lasting, detrimental effects for a person’s credit score historical past,” DeSantis wrote in the transmittal letter.

At this time in Florida, a debtor has a constitutional correct to exempt his or her homestead from creditors’ claims as long as the residence is used as a key residence, according to the monthly bill evaluation. If a debtor does not have a homestead, state regulation permits the debtor to exempt $4,000 of particular assets in a individual bankruptcy proceeding.

Nonetheless, supplemental state exemptions incorporate wages attained as a head of home, the funds surrender value of everyday living coverage insurance policies and annuity contracts, pension cash and exempt retirement accounts, and up to $1,000 of the debtor’s curiosity in a motor vehicle, which legislators sought to increase to $5,000.

“Historically, exempt property have remained out of a creditor’s attain unless especially pledged in a protection settlement. During the bankruptcy proceeding, the courtroom determines regardless of whether assets is exempt from method less than non-bankruptcy regulation,” the bill examination reads.


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