CSX commuter rail project falls
No deal could be reached in the Senate on the $650-million project to bring commuter rail to Orlando, killing the chance for a "no-fault" insurance deal that is necessary for the project. No commuter rail language made it into a late arriving bill creating a study of alternative routes for Interstate 95.
Supporters wanted to put the liability and immunity protections in HB 682 pushed by Sen. Larcenia Bullard, D-Miami, even enlisting late help by Gov. Charlie Crist. But opponents held fast, backed by trial lawyers opposing limits on damages and private railroad company liability. Bullard had shut down the Senate over attempts to rework the bill for commuter rail.
Florida Senator Larcenia Bullard (center), D-Miami, exits the Senate "bubble," after she got angry at Florida Senate President Ken Pruitt, R-Port St. Lucie. [Scott Keeler, Times]