Florida Senate - 2013 SB 44 By Senator Sobel 33-00014-13 201344__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act for the relief of Ronald Miller by the City of 3 Hollywood; providing for an appropriation to 4 compensate him for injuries sustained as a result of 5 the negligence of the City of Hollywood; providing a 6 limitation on the payment of fees and costs; providing 7 an effective date. 8 9 WHEREAS, on July 30, 2002, Ronald Miller was driving his 10 pickup truck home from work, northbound on Federal Highway in 11 the left-turn lane, and 12 WHEREAS, at that time a City of Hollywood employee, Robert 13 Mettler, who was driving a city utilities truck, cut across the 14 lanes of northbound traffic and crashed into Mr. Miller’s 15 vehicle head-on, and 16 WHEREAS, the impact of the crash caused Mr. Miller to have 17 corrective surgeries for damage to both knees, and 18 WHEREAS, the jury found in favor of Mr. Miller, and a final 19 judgment was entered in the amount of $1,130,731.89, and a cost 20 judgment was entered in the amount of $17,257.82, and 21 WHEREAS, the City of Hollywood has paid $100,000 to Mr. 22 Miller under the statutory limits of liability set forth in s. 23 768.28, Florida Statutes, and 24 WHEREAS, the parties have negotiated in good faith and have 25 arrived at a stipulated resolution of this matter for the 26 payment by the City of Hollywood of an additional $100,000 to 27 Mr. Miller, NOW, THEREFORE, 28 29 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 30 31 Section 1. The facts stated in the preamble to this act are 32 found and declared to be true. 33 Section 2. The City of Hollywood is authorized and directed 34 to appropriate from funds of the city not otherwise appropriated 35 and to draw a warrant, payable to Ronald Miller, for the total 36 amount of $100,000 as compensation for injuries and damages 37 sustained as a result of the negligence of an employee of the 38 City of Hollywood. 39 Section 3. The amount paid by the City of Hollywood 40 pursuant to s. 768.28, Florida Statutes, and the amount awarded 41 under this act are intended to provide the sole compensation for 42 all present and future claims arising out of the factual 43 situation described in this act which resulted in injuries to 44 Ronald Miller. All expenses that constitute a part of Ronald 45 Miller’s judgments described in this claim shall be paid from 46 the amount awarded under this act on a pro rata basis. The total 47 amount paid for attorney fees, lobbying fees, costs, and other 48 similar expenses relating to this claim may not exceed 25 49 percent of the amount awarded under this act. 50 Section 4. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.