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Republican Leader Promises Workers Comp Fix

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A key lawmaker is promising to take action after regulators approved an estimated 500 million-dollar hike in workers compensation rates.

However, Senate Republican Leader Bill Galvano of Bradenton warns lawmakers had a major battle when they overhauled the system for paying injured workers `in 2003.

“When we brought this issue to a head, there were a lot of competing interests. It’s not something that’s done easily, there are important aspects on all sides of the equation.”

Galvano made his remarks at a Florida Chamber of Commerce economic forum in Orlando that also feature Governor Rick Scott as a keynote speaker.

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.