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House workers’ compensation bill survives Democratic floor amendments

The House defeated a series of Democratic amendments to its version of a workers’ compensation fix Tuesday, with sponsor Danny Burgess promising the bill would “enhance the fairness and the balance of the workers’ compensation system in Florida.”

Burgess, whose Insurance & Banking Subcommittee drafted the legislation, also predicted a decline in premiums,

following the 14.5 percent rate increase that began taking effect in December.

“We are told it could be up to a 5 percent reduction,” he said.

​Still, Democrats complained the bill was written more to please employers and insurance companies than working people.

“When are we going to put the workers first?” Tampa Democrat Sean Shaw wondered.

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