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Pip and the Special Session Call



It's not looking like PIP will be included in a special session call made by the Senate President and House Speaker. But if that's the case, the governor may make a PIP special session call.

Despite the negotiated agreement worked by Sen. Bill Posey and Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, there's not enough consensus on PIP in such a short and complicated special session, said Senate Minority Leader Steve Geller.

"There was only an agreement to do PIP, as long as there was an agreement. But the attorneys are still opposing it. The auto insurers are still opposing it. You’ve got a lot of the legislators, with Sen. Alexander and Sen. Aronberg, saying they want see something else. Everybody is still all over the world on this. Unless it's a life or death matter, and candidly PIP is not a life or death matter, you don't go up to special session without a general agreement, and there's not a general agreement," Geller said.

Neither Sen. Posey nor the Senate President's office could say Friday morning whether PIP is in or out. However, several House members told the Buzz they've heard that PIP is out of any call made by Legislative leaders.

However, Rep. Julio Robaina added that he has heard that the governor might make a PIP special session call, if lawmakers don't. Buzz may know more later on today, so stay tuned.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:16am]


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