Florida Senate - 2012                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 378
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                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  03/02/2012           .                                

       The Committee on Budget (Simmons) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 22 - 47
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Section 90.702, Florida Statutes, is amended to
    6  read:
    7         90.702 Testimony by experts.—
    8         (1) If scientific, technical, or other specialized
    9  knowledge will assist the trier of fact in understanding the
   10  evidence or in determining a fact in issue, a witness qualified
   11  as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or
   12  education may testify about it in the form of an opinion, or
   13  otherwise, if:
   14         (a)The testimony is based upon sufficient facts or data;
   15         (b)The testimony is the product of reliable principles and
   16  methods; and
   17         (c)The witness has applied the principles and methods
   18  reliably to the facts of the case; however, the opinion is
   19  admissible only if it can be applied to evidence at trial.
   20         (2) The threshold required by subsection (1) to permit a
   21  witness to testify as an expert witness is satisfied if the
   22  principles or methods on which such knowledge is based are
   23  generally accepted by the relevant expert community.
   24         (3) The stated testimonial requirements apply in any case
   25  in which the expert opinion testimony is based on scientific,
   26  technical, or other specialized knowledge.
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   29  And the title is amended as follows:
   31         Delete lines 7 - 11
   32  and insert:
   33         circumstances; providing that the elements necessary
   34         to permit a witness to testify as an expert witness
   35         are satisfied if the principles or methods on which
   36         such knowledge is based are generally accepted by the
   37         relevant expert community; providing for
   38         applicability; amending s. 90.704, F.S.; providing