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March 15, 2005

Legislative update - Florida - House Bill 523

Topics: Legislative Action Items

Tomorrow, March 16, 2005, the House Judiciary Committee will hear House Bill 523, titled "An act relating to evidence; repealing s. 90.602, F.S.".

The bill's brief is "Repeals a provision relating to testimony of interested persons regarding oral communication with a deceased or mentally incompetent person; creates a hearsay exception for statements made by declarants unavailable due to death, illness, or infirmity that are similar to statements previously admitted."

This could effectively eliminate valuable protection for incapacitated persons in Florida by allowing self-serving hearsay to be admissible in guardianship proceedings.

The House Judiciary Committee's contact details follow. If you are in Florida and would like to make your displeasure with this proposal known, you can do so using the following details.

Note: The email scheme for the Florida House is both this and this. and . If you get a bounced email, please reverse the names and try again.

The bill can be read here:

The effected statute can be read here:

Judiciary Committee

Name Email Phone
David Simmons 850-488-2231
Juan-Carlos Planas 850-488-3616
Kevin Ambler 850-488-0275
Dennis Baxley 850-488-0335
Frederick Brummer 850-488-2023
Dan Gelber 850-488-0690
Michael Grant 850-488-0060
Jeffrey Kottkamp 850-488-7433
Sheri McInvale 850-488-0660
Joe Pickens 850-488-0665
Curtis Richardson 850-488-1798
Dennis Ross 850-488-9890
John Seiler 850-488-0880

Posted by richard at March 15, 2005 7:33 AM


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