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    The Florida House of Representatives has given tentative approval this afternoon to make it easier for school districts to adopt standard uniform policies for kindergarten through eight grade. Under state law, uniforms are already allowed, but this legislation offers an encouragement. The legislation offers a ten dollar per student incentive for districts th […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Hitting a Donkey with a 2X4 1, March26, 2015
    One lawmaker likened legislation making major changes in the body that regulates high school sports in Florida to hitting a donkey on the head with a 2 x 4. The House Education committee today passed legislation requiring a complete shakeup of the governing organization, reorganizing its board and membership, allowing students to attend any school. […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Cards on the Table 1, March26, 2015
    Destination resort casinos, the future of greyhound racing, and renewing the compact that allows blackjack in certain places around the state. All were topics of discussion for lawmakers today, and as Matt Galka tells us, the odds are against getting many of the proposals to pass. A four hour long workshop saw legislators diving into […]
    Matt Galka
  • Turf wars: Nurses vs. Doctors. Round one to the Nurses 1, March25, 2015
    A turf war over your health care options is heating up at the State Capitol. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, it has to do with giving Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners more authority at the expense of doctors. Elizabeth Markovich isn’t a doctor, but she has a Doctorate degree in nursing and more than 15 years […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • A First for Political Theatre: Bag Monster 1, March25, 2015
    Take a look at this. He’s called a bag monster and he was walking around the state Capitol today to dramatize the harm done by plastic bags. According to the Surfrider Foundation, the average family uses 500 plastic bags a year that end up in land fills or in our waterways.Holly Parker says the Foundation […]
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  • Hillsborough County Comes to the Capitol 1, March25, 2015
    A pirate stormed through legislation offices today passing out beads and posing for pictures with lawmakers and staff as part of Hillsborough day in the State Capitol. The annual fest fed cuban sandwiches to more than a thousand people and offered stunts from the Museum of Science along with exhibits from the Lowery Park Zoo […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Taxis are Uber Mad 1, March25, 2015
    The boom of ride sharing services through smart phones has ruffled some feathers in the traditional cab company community.  As Matt Galka tell us, taxis say ride sharers are breaking the rules, and the legislature is trying to fix that. Tom Villaverde says he used to work 80 hours a week selling cars. “And I […]
    Matt Galka
  • Cut My Taxes 1, March24, 2015
    Governor Rick Scott is facing some opposition to his plan to cut 673 million dollars in taxes this year., so he kicked off what he is calling his “Cut My Taxes Week”  with a booth in the state Capitol. Even the Governor is adding to the confusion with a TV spot in which he says […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Confederate Vets Excluded from Hall of Fame…for now 1, March24, 2015
    5 people were inducted into the Veterans Hall of Fame today, but controversy continues to swirl around three who were nominated but not chosen because they served in the Confederate army. The law as written says they must have served in the US Military. One of them was David Lang’s great grandfather, who went on […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Shifting Hurricane Risks 1, March24, 2015
    The Governor and Cabinet today authorized the Hurricane Cat fund to explore buying up to two billion in Hurricane reinsurance on the private market. The move could save billions more if the state is hit with a catastrophic storm this coming hurricane season. Ash Williams told the states executives that there has never been a […]
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BP Claims Czar Called on the Carpet

February 15th, 2011 by Anna Laura Rehwinkel

Complaints over BPs Claims process are reaching a fever pitch and state lawmakers in Florida have had enough. As Whitney Ray tells us, theyve invited the BP Claims Czar to Tallahassee to find out why Florida businesses arent getting paid.

Fed up because Floridians arent getting paid for the economic mess the BP oil spill created Representative Doug Broxson headed to Ohio.

Thats where BP hired eight hundred operators to handle Florida claims. Broxson says thats just one of the problems with the way the oil giant is handling claims.

Its a beautiful plan thats been put together by a masterful group of people to frustrate the claimants, said Broxson.

Broxson will join state lawmakers Friday as they try to find out why the BP claims process is broken and how Claims Czar Ken Feinberg plans to fix it.

State lawmakers want to know why identical claims are often treated differently.

Carol Dover, President of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association says some of her members are happy with the process, but others are furious.

Many of them haven’t survived. I mean you can turn around its about every week, we find another either restaurant or hotel thats closing or letting staff go, said Dover.

Feinberg has control of a 20 billion dollar fund to pay people hurt financially by the spill. Half a million people have filed claims almost one in two have been denied. Governor Rick Scott is among those who want answers.

We have to come up with a process where people feel comfortable that… they know how to do it, where the money is coming from because there are variety of places where monies coming from and that we can tract how he is doing, said Scott.
The Governor and State Lawmakers want refrain from finger pointing when Finberg visits Tallahassee Friday, but with Floridians losing their jobs because of BPs not making good on its promise… its likely to get heated.

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association has set up a hotline for people seeking legal advice over mishandled claims. The advice if free to the associations members. The website is www.weitzlux.com/florida-restaurant-oil-spill-lawyers_1962249.html

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