For more than two decades, Florida law has forbid merchants from passing on the fees they pay to allow for credit card use to customers. But there is no such rule for debit cards. A House bill (HB 621) which passed unanimously in that chamber last week, would add debit cards to the surcharge prohibition.
The Senate version (SB 1106) was stalled as merchants lobbied against the ban and credit card giant Visa lobbies for it. But late Wednesday, Senate sponsor Victor Crist, R-Tampa, said he planned to go ahead and amend his bill to match the House version that prohibits the surcharge. It may come up for a Senate vote Thursday .