Fla. House passes disputed workers comp bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A measure that would restore a cap on
attorney's fees in workers' compensation cases has passed the
Florida House.

After a second round of debate on the issue in less than a week, the Republican-dominated chamber passed the bill (HB 903) Tuesday on an 84-35 vote.

It must now also be approved by the Senate and Gov. Charlie Crist before taking effect. A similar proposal in the Senate is still in committee with the next hearing scheduled Wednesday.

If passed, the legislation would negate - at least temporarily - a Florida Supreme Court decision last October that said attorneys should be paid reasonably for representing injured workers.

Businesses favored the bill sponsored by Miami Republican Anitere Flores.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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