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With no money, House Speaker limits claims bills

In a memo signed Tuesday, House Speaker Larry Cretul set guidelines to limit the number of claims bills this session given the state's budget crunch. "In light of the state's budgetary circumstances, there may be claim bills that have or will be filed which cannot possibly be funded this year," he wrote.

The criteria recommends restricting claims in the House to those settled at the local level that local governments can afford to pay and state claims less than $500,000 that agencies can pay from trust funds without any additional money in the budget.

Only five bills fit these criteria. Read below for more details.

The five bills:

1. SB30: Provides $250,000 to Lois H. Lacava for injuries as a result of negligence at Munroe Regional Medical Center.

2.SB46: The City of Miami agreed to pay $790,000 to the family of Stanley Valmyr for the city's negligence in a wrongful death claim.

3. SB50/HB463: Authoritizes a $500,000 payment to Madonna Castillo for negligence on behalf of the City of Hialeah.

4. SB54/HB363: Provides $150,000 to Erskin Bell II for the City of Altamonte Springs' negligence.

5. SB12/HB9: Authorizes the Florida Department of Transportation to pay $388,000 to Stephen Hall for injuries as a result of negligence.

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