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Senate committee upholds Crist's veto on malpractice exemption

Here's a measure that's been off the radar: The Senate Regulated Industries Committee rejected an attempt by Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, to revive his bill that would have limited the liability of licensed engineers, architects and other design professionals from negligence suits after it had been vetoed by Gov. Charlie Crist last year.

Negron's bill, SB 288, said that for a licensed engineer, architect, surveyor, mapper, interior designer and landscape architect to be liable for malpractice and negligence, the design error must have caused personal injury or damage to property. The proposal was the same as SB 1964 which was vetoed by Crist on June 1 last year. The measure was designed in response to two court decisions. The committee rejected it on a vote of 9-4.