Fla. House Passes Disputed Workers Comp Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A measure that would restore a cap on attorney's fees in workers' compensation cases has passed the Florida House.

After a second round of debate on the issue in less than a week, the Republican-dominated chamber passed the bill (HB 903) Tuesday on an 84-35 vote.

It must now also be approved by the Senate and Gov. Charlie Crist before taking effect. A similar proposal in the Senate is still in committee with the next hearing scheduled Wednesday.

If passed, the legislation would negate -- at least temporarily -- a Florida Supreme Court decision last October that said attorneys should be paid reasonably for representing injured workers.

Businesses favored the bill sponsored by Miami Republican Anitere Flores.

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