Haridopolos says passage of Brody, Dillon claims bills up to House leadership

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With President Mike Haridopolos making the issues a top priority, the Senate opened the 2012 session by approving claims bills (SB 2 and SB 4) for William Dillon and Eric Brody, reports the News Service of Florida. But halfway through the session, House committees have not taken up either measure. The House also did not approve claims bills for the men last year, which became an issue during the tumultuous end to the 2011 session. Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, said Wednesday that the claims bills are “about justice,” but House leaders will have the choice about taking them up. “I’m not trading for it,” Haridopolos said. “The speaker knows that. I know that.” SB 2 would compensate Dillon for 27 years he spent in prison after being wrongfully convicted of a Brevard County murder. SB 4 would approve a legal settlement for debilitating injuries Brody suffered in a car crash with a Broward County sheriff’s deputy.

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