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House approves PIP; outlook in Senate uncertain

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Top- Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, R- Miami, and bottom- Rep. Jim Frishe, R- St. Petersburg, urge a down vote on an amendment to the PIP bill offered by Rep. Rick Kriseman, D- St. Petersburg, Friday night in the House. The amendment failed. PIP passed the House, 80-34. The bill went back to the Senate for a vote. [Scott Keeler, Times]

On a mainly party-line vote, the House approved a compromise on PIP reform and sent the measure back to the Senate in hopes the upper chamber will concur before session ends tonight.

Whether the Senate will agree to bend on some provisions of no-fault car insurance system remains to be seen. If the Senate doesn’t agree to the House’s proposal, the issue will likely die this session and prompt Gov. Rick Scott to call a special session.

The House approved the “strike-all” amendment to HB 119 on an 80-34 vote.

Two Democrats voted with the majority: Rep. Leonard Bembry, D-Greenville, and Rep. John Patrick Julien, R-North Miami Beach.

Rep. Rich Glorioso, R-Plant City, was the sole Republican to vote against the legislation.

After the vote, Rep. Jim Boyd said the compromise he reached with Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, was something both chambers could support.

“I think we’ve both kind of come toward the middle and included some areas that we needed to address together, and hopefully the Senate will agree with us and we can pass something that will save our citizens money,” the Bradenton Republican said.

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Rep. Jim Boyd, R- Bradenton, gets a hug from House Speaker Dean Cannon, R- Winter Park, after Boyd's PIP bill passed the House, Friday night. The bill goes back to the Senate for a vote. [Scott Keeler, Times]

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