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Judiciary Committee To Consider Death Penalty, Workers’ Comp

Florida House of Representatives
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Preparing for the annual legislative session, the House Judiciary Committee next week will start weighing two high-profile issues: the death penalty and workers' compensation insurance.

The committee next Tuesday will discuss court rulings on a series of issues, including the death-penalty sentencing system and the workers' compensation system, according to a meeting notice posted online.

Capital punishment has been on hold for the past year in the state because of rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court and the Florida Supreme Court. Also during the past year, the Florida Supreme Court issued two rulings finding parts of the workers' compensation insurance system unconstitutional.

Those rulings played a major role in a 14.5 percent insurance rate increase that started hitting businesses in December. Lawmakers face pressure during the session starting March 7 to address the death penalty and workers' compensation issues.