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The road ahead for PIP



How long will no-fault remain off the books? At least a week. Maybe longer if the bill hits land mines.

Potentially, the House could finish with a PIP bill by Friday at the earliest, Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff told the Buzz on Monday. The Senate would likely finish considering the bill next week, Sen. Bill Posey said. Gov. Charlie Crist indicated today that he would probably sign such a bill soon after getting it.

That's assuming everyone agrees.

First of all, there's likely to be a competing bill, preferred by the auto insurers and the trial lawyers. Sen. J.D. Alexander told the Buzz late last week he hoped to get the mandatory bodily injury bill heard in Posey's insurance committee.

Also other fireworks await. Although the negotiated compromise included an agreement of some $2 million to fight fraud; you won't find a mention of that in the current draft of the bill. That's because the Senate President's Office informed Posey that the PIP bill would have to go through general government appropriations, if it had money associated with it.

That would be the committee run by Sen. Alexander, whose committee, during the last weeks of the regular session, completely hijacked and rewrote Posey's last PIP bill, which has a lot in common with the one that's currently up for debate. Should be interesting.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:17am]


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