Florida House Panel to Probe Spill Claim Complaints

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL - Speaker Dean Cannon has ordered a
Florida House panel to investigate complaints about the Gulf of
Mexico oil spill claims process.

The Winter Park Republican issued the directive in a letter
Thursday to Economic Affairs Committee Chairwoman Dorothy Hukill, a
Port Orange Republican.

Hukill said she anticipates inviting claims administrator
Kenneth Feinberg to appear before the panel.

Cannon wrote that he's been told of "numerous breakdowns and
inconsistencies within the claims process."

Feinberg earlier this week heard some of those complaints
first-hand during two-day visit to coastal Mississippi and
Louisiana. A shrimper in Lafitte, La., dropped to his knees and
begged Feinberg for money to pay household bills.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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