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CS/HB 6513 — Relief of Kareem Hawari/Osceola County School Board

by Civil Justice and Property Rights Subcommittee and Rep. Plasencia (SB 82 by Senators Torres and Book)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Judiciary Committee (JU)

Kareem Hawari was a 13-year-old student when he was injured while participating in a wrestling match on behalf of his school due to the negligence of employees of the Osceola County School Board. Mr. Hawari, now an adult, settled the claim with the school board for $3.6 million, of which $100,000 has been paid in accordance with the state’s sovereign immunity waiver. The bill authorizes and directs the Osceola County School Board to pay the remaining $3.5 million.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect upon becoming law.

Vote: Senate 37-2; House 117-0