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PIP Closer To February Return

October 4th, 2007 by flanews

Lawmakers moved closer to restoring mandatory personal injury protection insurance for Florida drivers.  The Senate Banking and Finance committed approved a bill to revive PIP on February 15th of next year.  The bill contains measures to fight insurance fraud, like staged car accidents and artificially high medical bills.  But until PIP returns, lawmakers caution that lawsuits will likely settle accidents to determine who was to blame.

“The insurance companies still want this to go away,” said Sen. Bill Posey.  “They tried valiantly, up until the end, to kill this bill.  Some of the trial lawyers still want this dead.  They tried very hard to kill this bill.”

A House committee was scheduled to take up PIP on Thursday afternoon.  After that, the issue will head to a floor vote in that chamber.

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