No-fault survival chances bleakby 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.