The House Civil Justice Subcommittee is scheduled Friday to take up 17 claims bills, including high-profile measures that would help Eric Brody and William Dillon, reports the News Service of Florida. Senate President Mike Haridopolos has made a top priority of compensating the men, with the Senate passing bills on the first day of the legislative session. Brody suffered debilitating injuries in a car accident with a Broward County sheriff’s deputy, and Dillon spent 27 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of a Brevard County murder. The House, however, did not approve similar proposals last year, and Friday’s meeting will be the first time a House panel has heard the bills in 2012. The House version of the Brody bill (PCS for HB 445) reflects a $10.75 million settlement that was worked out by attorneys for Brody, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and an insurer. But it differs from the Senate bill because it would place additional limits on how much of the money could go to legal and lobbying fees. The House version of the Dillon bill (PCS for HB 141) matches a $1.35 million award in the Senate bill, though wording differs in parts of the bills.
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