Tag: Claim bills
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Peter SchorschJuly 5, 2018

Longtime Tallahassee lobbyist Patrick Bell, one of the few experts in the claim bill process, has joined The Legis Group, the firm created by former Republican lawmakers Doug Holder and Rob Schenck. Bell has lobbied Florida state government for over two decades, with experience representing local governments, community colleges and private businesses. “I have been impressed with how […]

Jim RosicaAugust 2, 2016

A brain-damaged Pasco County woman and a deceased Florida State football player are again the subjects of claim bills filed in the Florida Legislature. According to the Florida Senate website, 22 of the bills — also known as relief acts — were turned in Monday. Under the legal doctrine of sovereign immunity, Florida law limits local […]

Jim RosicaJune 9, 2016

When it comes to attorney’s fees, how much is not enough? The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday heard argument on a law firm’s position that it didn’t get paid enough for helping a brain-damaged young man get a claim bill from the Florida Legislature. Lawmakers in 2012 passed such a bill for Aaron Edwards, who born […]

Jim RosicaMay 31, 2016

A plethora of high-profile matters is scheduled for argument before the Florida Supreme Court next week. The state’s justices will consider questions related to gambling, guns, capital punishment and medical malpractice. Another case involves claim bills, passed by lawmakers to pay people for injuries suffered at the hands of government or a public entity. Still two others involve attorneys […]

Jim RosicaNovember 2, 2015

Once again, lawmakers have filed what’s known as a “claim bill” to compensate the family of Devaughn Darling, a Florida State University freshman linebacker who died during a February 2001 practice. State Rep. Mia Jones, a Jacksonville Democrat, submitted the bill (HB 3513) on Monday, with a Senate companion sponsored by Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner of Tampa. The Darling family […]


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