Bill No. 0629
Amendment No. 513039
Senate House

1Representative(s) Bullard offered the following:
3     Amendment (with title amendment)
4     Remove everything after the enacting clause and insert:
7     Section 1.  The facts stated in the preamble to this act
8are found and declared to be true.
9     Section 2.  Miami-Dade County is authorized and directed to
10appropriate from funds of the county not otherwise appropriated
11and to draw a warrant payable to Norka Laureiro in the amount of
12$999,100 for injuries and damages sustained due to the
13negligence of the Miami-Dade County bus driver.
14     Section 3.  This award is intended to provide the sole
15compensation for any and all present and future claims arising
16out of the factual situation in connection with the injury to
17Norka Laureiro. Not more than 25 percent of the award may be
18paid by the claimant for attorney's fees, lobbying fees, costs
19or other similar expenses.
20     Section 4.  This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.
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24     Remove the entire title and insert:
A bill to be entitled
28An act relating to Miami-Dade County; providing for the
29relief of Norka Laureiro; authorizing and directing Miami-
30Dade County to compensate Norka Laureiro for injuries
31sustained as a result of a collision caused by a Miami-
32Dade County bus; providing for a limitation on payment of
33fees and costs; providing an effective date.
35     WHEREAS, on March 25, 1998, Norka Laureiro was transporting
36children in a private school van when she approached an
37intersection, and
38     WHEREAS, a Miami-Dade County bus ran a stop sign at the
39intersection and collided with Ms. Laureiro's van, which caused
40serious injuries to Ms. Laureiro and several children, and
41     WHEREAS, the driver of the Miami-Dade County bus had a
42significant history of driving citations and safety violations,
44     WHEREAS, as a result of the collision, Ms. Laureiro
45suffered a crushing blow to her head which caused bone and nerve
46damage, and she underwent reconstructive surgery; however, Ms.
47Laureiro has permanent numbness on the right side of her face
48due to damaged cranial nerves, and
49     WHEREAS, Ms. Laureiro also suffered permanent injury to her
50Achilles tendon, several fractures to her right leg, and a
51subtalar joint dislocation to her right foot which required two
52major orthopedic surgeries, and because of the extent of the
53break to and fragmentation of the bone in her foot, surgery
54could not achieve complete alignment, and
55     WHEREAS, due to the resulting extensive arthritis and
56progressive nature of the injury, Ms. Laureiro is unable to use
57her foot normally, she will need additional surgeries in the
58future, her foot swells, she is in constant pain, and, as a
59result, Ms. Laureiro limps when she walks, which causes
60additional pain in her hips, back, and legs, and
61     WHEREAS, since the accident, Ms. Laureiro has been under
62the care of a neurologist for the nerve damage to her foot, leg,
63and face and she has also been on antidepressants since the
64collision, and
65     WHEREAS, before the accident, Ms. Laureiro owned her own
66business that involved driving children to and from school 5
67days a week, but due to the nature of her foot injury, she is
68unable to continue her driving business, and she has not worked
69since the accident, and
70     WHEREAS, on September 3, 2003, a jury from the Miami-Dade
71County Circuit Court returned a verdict in favor of Ms. Laureiro
72in the sum of $1,550,685.38 and $50,000 in favor of Ms.
73Laureiro's husband, Fredy Laureiro, for his loss of consortium,
75     WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County appealed the verdict to the
76Third District Court of Appeal, and while the appeal was
77pending, the parties re-mediated the case and reached a
78settlement of $1 million, and
79     WHEREAS, on March 29, 2005, the Circuit Court of the
80Eleventh Judicial Circuit issued a final consent judgment
81against Miami-Dade County in favor of Ms. Laureiro in the sum of
82$1 million, NOW, THEREFORE,

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