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Gov. Scott and claims czar Feinberg will chat today



The governor's office just confirmed Gov. Rick Scott and Ken Feinberg will meet ahead of the administrator's appearance before a House committee Friday morning.

The meeting, labeled "Oil Spill Meeting" on Scott's daily schedule, will happen at 5 p.m. No word yet on Scott's message for Feinberg, a D.C. lawyer picked by BP and the Obama administration to oversee the claims process following the oil spill.

Legislators from both chambers have not been happy with reports from angry constituents who feel the claims process is unfair and inconsistent. The Senate agriculture committee has heard testimony over recent weeks from fishermen, for example, disgruntled with how they were treated or paid by the claims facility that doles out money from a $20 billion BP fund.

House Speaker Dean Cannon asked the House Economic Affairs committee, led by Rep. Dorothy Hukill, to investigate "breakdowns" within the Gulf Coast Claims Facility in January. Hukill, expecting a packed house, asked committee members to turn in their questions for Feinberg by Wednesday.

The meeting will start at 8:45 a.m. in Webster Hall (212 Knott). The committee noted it does not expect time for public testimony.

The Senate ag committee has its own BP-themed meeting set for Monday afternoon. We're told no one from BP will offer testimony, contrary to what is slated on the meeting notice.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 17, 2011 4:47pm]


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