Florida Senate - 2014 (NP) SB 54 By Senator Legg 17-00136-14 201454__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act for the relief of Ronald Miller by the City of 3 Hollywood; providing for an appropriation to 4 compensate him for injuries sustained as a result of 5 the negligence of an employee of the City of 6 Hollywood; providing a limitation on the payment of 7 fees and costs; providing an effective date. 8 9 WHEREAS, on July 30, 2002, Ronald Miller was driving his 10 pickup truck home from work, northbound on Federal Highway in 11 the left-turn lane, and 12 WHEREAS, at that time, a City of Hollywood employee, Robert 13 Miller, who was driving a city utilities truck, cut across the 14 lanes of northbound traffic and crashed head-on into Ronald 15 Miller’s vehicle, and 16 WHEREAS, the impact of the crash caused Mr. Miller to have 17 corrective surgeries for damage to both knees, and 18 WHEREAS, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Ronald 19 Miller, a final judgment was entered in the amount of 20 $1,130,731.89, and a cost judgment was entered in the amount of 21 $17,257.82, and 22 WHEREAS, the City of Hollywood has paid $100,000 to Ronald 23 Miller under the statutory limits of liability set forth in s. 24 768.28, Florida Statutes, and 25 WHEREAS, the parties have negotiated in good faith and have 26 arrived at a stipulated resolution of this matter for the 27 payment by the City of Hollywood of an additional $100,000 to 28 Ronald Miller, NOW, THEREFORE, 29 30 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 31 32 Section 1. The facts stated in the preamble to this act are 33 found and declared to be true. 34 Section 2. The City of Hollywood is authorized and directed 35 to appropriate from funds of the city not otherwise appropriated 36 and to draw a warrant, payable to Ronald Miller, for the total 37 amount of $100,000 as compensation for injuries and damages 38 sustained as a result of the negligence of an employee of the 39 City of Hollywood. 40 Section 3. The amount paid by the City of Hollywood 41 pursuant to s. 768.28, Florida Statutes, and the amount awarded 42 under this act are intended to provide the sole compensation for 43 all present and future claims arising out of the factual 44 situation described in this act which resulted in injuries to 45 Ronald Miller. All expenses that constitute a part of Ronald 46 Miller’s judgments described in this claim shall be paid from 47 the amount awarded under this act on a pro rata basis. The total 48 amount paid for attorney fees, lobbying fees, costs, and other 49 similar expenses relating to this claim may not exceed 25 50 percent of the amount awarded under this act. 51 Section 4. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.