Session review: It was a good session for claims bills

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While a few high-profile cases drew most of the attention, lawmakers approved at least 11 claims bills during the closing days of the legislative session, reports the News Service of Florida. The high-profile cases involved brain-damaged Broward County man Eric Brody, wrongfully incarcerated William Dillon, murdered police informant Rachel Hoffman and injured-at-birth Aaron Edwards. But the other bills dealt with issues such as Miami-Dade County paying $1.15 million to James D. Feurtado (HB 1039) for head injuries he suffered when hit by a county bus in 2009. As another example, lawmakers approved the Sumter County School Board paying $1.4 million to Donald Brown (HB 697), who had to have a leg amputation after his motorcycle was struck by a school bus.

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