Minority leader urges Bush to cancel special session
By Times Staff Writer
Published June 15, 2003
House Minority Leader Doug Wiles has suggested that the governor cancel this week's special session on medical malpractice reform because the House and Senate appear to be at impasse.
In a letter to House Speaker Johnnie Byrd on Friday, Wiles, D-St. Augustine, suggested legislators won't be able to agree on resolving the state's problems during a four-day session scheduled to begin Monday.
Noting the "intense special interest battle between doctors, insurance companies and lawyers," Wiles said another failed session will do nothing for Florida taxpayers.
Instead of spending the money to bring the entire Legislature together, leaders should appoint a joint select committee to develop a consensus.
Gov. Jeb Bush says he'll keep bringing legislators back through the summer until they agree on legislation that will help lower the cost of medical malpractice insurance for the state's doctors.