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Lt. Gov. visits Senate during debate on PIP

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Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll, right, leaves the Senate bubble with Senator Thad Altman, R- Viera, during PIP insurance debate on the floor of the Senate, Tuesday.  Carroll met privately with several Senators on the issue during the debate.     [Scott Keeler, Times]

Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has made a rare appearance in the Senate chambers, one timed just as the upper chamber began debating reforms to the no-fault car insurance system.

Carroll has been pulling senators one-by-one into a small meeting room known as "the bubble," and reportedly is pressing them on aspects of the legislation favored or opposed by Gov. Rick Scott. The Senate is in the process of taking up nearly 30 amendments proposed for SB 1860 and could vote on a final version of the bill later today.

Scott is a fan of the House's version of personal injury protection, or PIP, reform. Unlike HB 119, the Senate's version allows chiropractors to perform follow-up treatments and doesn't have strict limits on attorney fees.

UPDATE: We're hearing that the senators Carroll pulled into "the bubble" were Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, and Sen. Thad Altman, R-Viera. The governor's office says Carroll discussed the Space Florida program with Altman.

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