NU Online News Service, March 9, 11:07 p.m.EST

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (right) was joined by InsuranceCommissioner Kevin McCarty (left) and Chief Financial Officer JeffAtwater (center) for a news conference late yesterday toencourage the passage of a measure to reform the state's no-fault,personal injury protection auto insurance system.

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Today is the final day of the state legislativesession.

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The insurance industry has lobbied for some relief to fix whatmany call a broken auto insurance system, plagued by abuse andoutright fraud.

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"Right now Florida drivers are stuck swimming in a pool ofsharks," says Atwater. "In the next 24 hours, you're going to seewhether the lesigature throws them a lifeline, or justwalks away."

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"I believe the House and Senate are going to do the rightthing," Scott adds.  

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Early this morning amendments to HB 119 were filed.The bill will go back to the House, which has already passed the measure, for reconsideration withamendments before the bill returns to the Senate.

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HB 119, among many things, would change the way accident reportsare taken; provide coverage limits; establish a schedule of maximumcharges; create a list of diagnostic tests deemed not to bemedically necessary; and control attorneys' fees.

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