Florida Senate - 2021                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 26
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  03/22/2021           .                                

       The Committee on Judiciary (Cruz) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete line 112
    4  and insert:
    5  exceed $612,500, the total amount paid for lobbying fees may not
    6  exceed $122,500, and the total amount paid for costs or other
    7  similar expenses may not exceed $20,906.04.
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   10  And the title is amended as follows:
   11         Delete lines 41 - 86
   12  and insert:
   13         WHEREAS, at 3:30 a.m., approximately 13 minutes after
   14  arriving at Ms. Galloway’s home, the paramedics employed by
   15  Hillsborough County Fire Rescue left without Ms. Galloway and
   16  reported the incident as “Nontransport/No Patient Found” and
   17  “Nontransport/Cancel,” and
   18         WHEREAS, while Ms. Black was transporting Ms. Galloway to
   19  the hospital in her personal vehicle, Ms. Galloway began having
   20  seizures, and a CT scan of her brain performed at the emergency
   21  room later revealed an acute subarachnoid hemorrhage, most
   22  likely secondary to an aneurysm, and
   23         WHEREAS, as the facility where Ms. Galloway was first
   24  admitted was not equipped to handle the required neurological
   25  interventions, Ms. Galloway was later transported to Tampa
   26  General Hospital, where she underwent a cerebral angiogram with
   27  coil placement into the aneurysm, and
   28         WHEREAS, despite efforts by physicians at Tampa General
   29  Hospital to treat Ms. Galloway, she passed away on July 9, 2018,
   30  and
   31         WHEREAS, as the Hillsborough County Board of County
   32  Commissioners provides emergency medical and health care
   33  services to its residents through entities that include
   34  Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, paramedics employed by
   35  Hillsborough County Fire Rescue are employees and agents of the
   36  Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, and
   37         WHEREAS, such employees of the Hillsborough County Board of
   38  County Commissioners had a duty to use reasonable care in the
   39  treatment of Ms. Galloway, and
   40         WHEREAS, such employees of the Hillsborough County Board of
   41  County Commissioners breached that duty by deviating from the
   42  acceptable and appropriate standards of care in providing
   43  inadequate care to Ms. Galloway, and
   44         WHEREAS, the Estate of Crystle Marie Galloway alleged,
   45  through a lawsuit filed October 17, 2019, in the Circuit Court
   46  of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Hillsborough
   47  County, that the negligence of the Hillsborough County Board of
   48  County Commissioners, through its employees, was the proximate
   49  cause of Ms. Galloway’s death, and
   50         WHEREAS, following the filing of the lawsuit, the
   51  Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and the Estate
   52  of Crystle Marie Galloway reached a settlement agreement in the
   53  amount of $2.75 million, of which $300,000 has been paid to the