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HB 243: Expert Testimony

GENERAL BILL by Metz ; Weinstein ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Costello ; Gaetz

Expert Testimony; Provides that witness qualified as expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education may testify in form of opinion as to facts at issue in case; requires courts to interpret & apply principles of expert testimony in conformity with specified U.S. Supreme Court decisions; subjects pure opinion testimony to such requirements; provides that facts or data that are otherwise inadmissible may not be disclosed to jury by proponent of opinion or inference unless court determines that probative value of facts or data in assisting jury to evaluate expert's opinion substantially outweighs prejudicial effect.

Effective Date: 7/1/2012
Last Action: 3/9/2012 House - Died in returning Messages
Location: In returning messages from Senate
Bill Text: PDF

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  • Bill History

    Date Chamber Action
    9/29/2011 House • Filed
    10/17/2011 House • Referred to Civil Justice Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee -HJ 26
    1/9/2012 House • On Committee agenda-- Civil Justice Subcommittee, 01/11/12, 11:30 am, 404 HOB
    1/10/2012 House • Introduced -HJ 25
    1/11/2012 House • Favorable by Civil Justice Subcommittee; YEAS 11 NAYS 4 -HJ 217
    • Now in Judiciary Committee -HJ 217
    1/30/2012 House • On Committee agenda-- Judiciary Committee, 02/01/12, 8:30 am, 404 HOB --Temporarily deferred
    2/6/2012 House • On Committee agenda-- Judiciary Committee, 02/08/12, 8:30 am, 404 HOB --Retained
    2/14/2012 House • On Committee agenda-- Judiciary Committee, 02/16/12, 11:30 am, 404 HOB
    2/16/2012 House • Favorable by- Judiciary Committee; YEAS 11 NAYS 5 -HJ 683
    • Placed on Calendar -HJ 683
    2/21/2012 House • Placed on Special Order Calendar, 02/23/12
    2/23/2012 House • Read 2nd time -HJ 792
    • Placed on 3rd reading
    2/24/2012 House • Read 3rd time -HJ 822
    • Amendment(s) failed (438799) -HJ 822
    • Passed; YEAS 77 NAYS 34 -HJ 822
    2/27/2012 Senate • In Messages
    3/5/2012 Senate • Received -SJ 813
    • Referred to Judiciary; Budget -SJ 813
    3/8/2012 Senate • Withdrawn from Judiciary; Budget -SJ 1064
    • Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading -SJ 1064
    • Substituted for CS/SB 378 -SJ 1065
    • Read 2nd time -SJ 1065
    • Amendment(s) adopted (358794) -SJ 1065
    • Read 3rd time -SJ 1081
    • Passed as amended; YEAS 40 NAYS 0 -SJ 1081
    3/8/2012 House • In returning messages
    3/9/2012 House • Died in returning Messages

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  • HB 243, Original Filed Version (Current Bill Version) Posted 9/29/2011 at 12:33 PM

    Bill Text:   PDF
    Analyses:   Civil Justice Subcommittee (Post-Meeting) 1/11/2012 (pdf)
    Judiciary Committee (Post-Meeting) 2/16/2012 (pdf)

    Related Bills (1)

    Bill Number Subject Filed By Relationship Learn more about bill relationships Last Action and Location Track Bills
    S 378 (c1) Expert Testimony Richter Similar Last Action: 3/8/2012 S Laid on Table -SJ 1065
    Location: Laid on Table

    Floor Amendments (3)

    Amendment Sponsor Filed Last Floor Action Format
    358794 - Amendment (Delete All)
    Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:
    Simmons 3/8/2012
    2:10 PM
    Senate: Adopted
    3/8/2012
    Web Page
    PDF
    hierarchy 211380 - Amendment to Amendment (358794)
    Delete line 44 and insert:
    Sachs 3/8/2012
    5:40 PM
    Senate: Withdrawn
    3/8/2012
    Web Page
    PDF
    438799 - Amendment
    Between lines 60 and 61, insert:
    Kriseman 2/24/2012
    8:42 AM
    House: Failed
    2/24/2012
    PDF

    Floor Votes (2)

    Date Chamber Result
    2/24/2012 2:01 PM House 77 Yeas - 34 Nays
    3/8/2012 5:42 PM Senate 40 Yeas - 0 Nays

    Citations - Statutes (2)

    Citation Catchline Location in Bill Location In Bill Help
    90.702 Testimony by experts. Page 1 (pdf)
    90.704 Basis of opinion testimony by experts. Page 2 (pdf)

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