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No-fault survival chances bleak

by Dara Kam | August 13th, 2007

Florida’s no-fault insurance law, which includes personal injury protection, or PIP, will likely expire before lawmakers come to an agreement on how to revamp it or replace it, according to Gov. Charlie Crist, who also said he prefers to keep the law on the books.

The legislature returns to Tallahassee on Sept. 18 to slash the budget, and those on both sides of the PIP fence hoped the insurance issue would be added to the special session.

Don’t bank on it, Crist said today.

“There is still the opportunity for personal injury protection to be provided for. I don’t know if I’m terribly optimistic about that notion, to be candid with you. But, you know, it still could happen,” he said, because House and Senate leaders can’t agree on what to do.


Crist said he would like to keep PIP, scheduled to expire on Oct. 1.

Without it, “whether someone is at fault in an accident could make all the difference as to which driver will be liable to pay for damages,” Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink said in a press release issued this afternoon.

Crist could force lawmakers to take up the issue, but that would be futile unless the two chambers reach accord, he implied.

“ I think they both want to act,” he said, but they “just haven’t come to an accord on how to act as it relates to what would be best for the future of Florida,” he said.

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4 Responses to “No-fault survival chances bleak”

  1. joe Says:

    DEAR CRIST,
    YOU ARE A JOKE-MAYBE FOR XMAS YOU CAN ASK SANTA FOR SOME BALLS. YOU ARE GOING TO LET FLORIDA HAVE NO MANDATORY AUTO INSURANCE? YOU THINK THE FLORIDA ECONOMY IS BAD NOW? WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS AFTER ALL THE UNINSUREDS START PLAYING BUMPER CARS ON OUR ROADS. PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA THE AMOUNT OF CHAOS WE WILL SEE. WHEN THE PEOPLE REALIZE WHAT HAPPENED YOU THE GOVERNOR WILL SUFFER. ENJOY YOUR ONE TERM!!

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  3. Ivan Says:

    They failed us on the property tax and homeowner’s insurance issues. Now, they fail us on the no-fault issue. Crist is a disgrace and shouldn’t even dream about a second term. Fact is, if he’s so incompetent, he should resign now.

  4. Bob Says:

    Don’t be fooled. PIP is no friend to innocent accident victims. The notion that innocent victims will have no way to get their medical bills paid is totally false. What’s wrong with having your health ins, med pay auto coverage or the wrongdoer’s liability insurer pay? Innocent victims will no longer be shafted by PIP carriers and denied the ability to recover a fair sum for their injuries. Other states have survived quite nicely without PIP and so will Florida. And it will cost less. Good riddance to PIP.

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