PIP opponents blast budget maneuver

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An attempt to push some personal-injury protection reform measures through the state budget was slammed by the state’s main trial-lawyer association, reports the News Service of Florida. Earlier Sunday, Senate Budget Chairman J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales, and House Appropriations Chairman Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, struck a deal that would curb attorney’s fees through a budget conforming bill. Paul Jess, general counsel of the Florida Justice Association, issued a blistering statement on the PIP agreement, calling it “a historic and outrageous end-run around generations of legislative process” and calling on legislative leaders to remove the language. “Not only is it disappointing, it sets a troubling precedent where two powerful legislators can essentially make policy and impose their will behind closed doors, simply because they didn’t like the decision of their colleagues,” Jess said.

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