Individuals who have been injured or harmed by a local government such as a school board could get settlements of up to $3 million without the Legislature’s approval, under a House proposal gaining steam over the objections of cities and counties.
The plan aims to make local governments buy insurance, by punishing those who don’t. The claims bill overhaul is the first proposed top-to-bottom revamp of a system that critics — including many lawmakers — say is too political and cumbersome for victims.
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Florida law limits how much people can recover in court from state and local governments to $200,000 per individual or $300,000 per occurrence unless they get legislative approval for more. A House bill proposes raising the cap for local governments with insurance to $3 million per individual or $4.5 million per occurrence.