Claims bills top Fla. Senate's first-day agenda

Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 3:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 3:55 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE — Bills compensating a crash victim and a man who spent 27 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit again have cleared the Florida Senate.

They were the first bills to pass in either chamber after the Legislature convened its annual 60-day regular session on Tuesday.

The two claims bills are top priorities for Senate President Mike Haridopolos. Both passed the Senate last year but died in the House.

One measure would pay $10.75 million to Eric Brody. He was paralyzed when a speeding Broward County sheriff's deputy, who was late for work, crashed into his car in 1998.

The other would compensate William Dillon with $1.35 million. DNA testing cleared Dillon of a Brevard County murder.

Brody's award reflects a settlement announced just before the vote.

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