ON March 27 we posted the following:
Has Fl HB1161 (stiffer penalties for those who kill or injure motorcyclists) been gutted and if so HOW?
outlining what appears to us anyway to be a tooth pulling job on HB1161 making it all but impotent.
Initially this bill called for mandatory jail time and revocation of Drivers licenses for those who seriously injured or killed a motorcyclist due to negligence. Our best attempts to seek clarification of the results of the Public Safety & Domestic Security Policy Committee held on 3-27-09 (which we had been previously informed would not take place) indicate the following:
A committee Substitute has been filed and passed.
Language in the committee substitute reads as follows (Following is the pertinent excerpts to save space. links are provided for those who wish to read in it's entirety):