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Hoffman claims bill now on Gov's desk

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A slew of bills are heading to Governor Rick Scott’s desk. As Sascha Cordner reports, that includes a bill that would compensate the parents of a girl who died in botched undercover drug sting in Tallahassee.

Democratic Representative John Patrick Julien says he thinks the Rachel Hoffman claims bill has a good chance of getting signed by the Governor:

“Because I really don’t see any reason why the Governor wouldn’t sign this bill. It’s an agreed upon settlement. The city of Tallahassee is in favor of letting this end. And, again, why continue the pain and suffering of the parents. Let’s let them move on.”

The bill allows Irving Hoffman and Marjorie Weiss, the parents of Rachel Hoffman, to get 2.4 million dollars for the loss of their daughter. Rachel was serving as a confidential informant for the Tallahassee Police Department, when she was killed. Julien says the parents intend to use the money to fund a scholarship in the name of their only daughter.

 

The Governor has until March 31st to sign the claims bill, as well as another bill that would allow state agencies to subject their employees to a drug test.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.