With the Florida legislative session going into overtime Saturday, all bills not related to the budget were withdrawn from consideration -- including the claims bill for Eric Brody, the Broward man paralyzed 13 years ago after a Broward Sheriff's Office cruiser crashed into him.
The Senate had signed off on a bill for Brody to receive $12 million from BSO and its insurance company. And Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti had sent House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, a letter supporting SB 42.
But the House never got around to hearing the bill. And the Brody family, which had spent all day in the state Capitol waiting, did not get good news.
Speaking to reporters after the Senate adjourned until 10 a.m., Senate President Mike Haridopolos got teary-eyed expressing his disappointment with the House for not taking up the Brody bill.
--KATIE SANDERS AND PATRICIA MAZZEI