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Smile, lawyers, Ellyn changes PIP bill to close deal. Again

Now that Rep. Ronald Reagan's jobs council scotched a PIP deal with the Senate by capping lawyer fees, Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff is ready to scotch Reagan's scotching and return the bill to much of its original form.

And she could do one better: Codify the right for lawyers to multiply their fees in egregious no-fault auto injury cases, according to one draft of a bill the Fort Lauderdale lawyer is working on to strike all of the changes that Reagan and Rep. Don Brown (both home-insurance agents) made to the benefit of State Farm.

If she succeeds and the bill clears the floor, Sen. Bill Posey said it's a good chance the bill could clear his chamber as well, perhaps in a day. But all bets are off until the votin's done.

Bogdanoff said she understood that the changes made to her bill today was a last-ditch effort by House conservatives to send a message to negotiate with the Senate.

"I did, and they said: 'No.' Well, three strikes and you're out. So let's get this done," she said.

One of the greatest beneficiaries: House Speaker Marco Rubio. He wrote a letter to Gov. Charlie Crist asking him to use his "leadership" to put PIP and property taxes on the agenda. Crist met him halfway with PIP. So if the deal blew up in Rubio's House, he'd have some political explaining to do.

Story here.

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Save PIP

Enough with the politics. SAVE PIP

Boy oh Boy. This is just the tip of so to speak. BIG INSURANCE was trying get one over on the People of the State of Florida again.

Thankfully, some folks in the House asked questions and tried to parse out this foolishness.

Government cannot be for sale all the time can it?

One day the commoners in the state will fully appreciate what goes on in Tallahassee.

Thankfully it is recorded for the future.

Marc

Enough save PIP and stop the polictics for big insurance, especially for State Farm a/k/a/ Snake Farm the bad neighbor

The only thing Ellyn is trying to save is her job. Leadership totally miscalculated the public's reaction to PIP sunsetting, and now it's costing quite a bit of taxpayer money to fix what should have been done in April.

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