Florida Senate - 2012                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for CS for SB 1816
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                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                 Floor: WD/2R          .                                
             03/07/2012 01:39 PM       .                                

       Senator Thrasher moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 426 and 427
    4  insert:
    5         Section 10. For purposes of clarification of Legislative
    6  intent, section 4 of chapter 2009-244, Laws of Florida, is
    7  amended to read:
    8         Section 4. (1) This award, appropriated up to a grand total
    9  of $9.5 million, is intended to provide the sole compensation
   10  for all present and future claims arising out of the factual
   11  situation described in this act which resulted in the injury to
   12  Jorge and Debbie Garcia-Bengochea and their adopted sons, Brian,
   13  Matthew, and James Garcia-Bengochea.
   14         (2) The total amount paid for attorney attorney’s fees and
   15  lobbying fees are to be paid exclusively to the attorneys and
   16  lobbyists currently retained by the claimants and registered
   17  pursuant to s. 11.045, Florida Statutes, and no other attorneys
   18  and lobbyists. The total amount paid for attorney’s fees,
   19  lobbying fees, costs, and other similar expenses relating to
   20  this claim may not exceed 25 percent of each annual payment
   21  awarded pursuant to this act. Further, no more than 25 percent
   22  of each annual payment may be used to pay attorney’s fees,
   23  lobbying fees, costs, and other similar expenses relating to
   24  this claim.
   25         Section 11. The provisions of section 10 of this act are
   26  remedial.
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   29         And the title is amended as follows:
   30         Delete line 47
   31  and insert:
   32         on identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect;
   33         amending section 4 of chapter 2009-244, Laws of
   34         Florida, relating to the relief of Jorge and Debbie
   35         Garcia- Bengochea and their adoptive children, Brian,
   36         Matthew, and James, by the Department of Children and
   37         Family Services; clarifying legislative intent
   38         regarding the payment of fees to attorneys and
   39         lobbyists; providing that the changes are remedial;