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Florida Legislature Urged to Exempt Closed Pre-Litigation Meetings

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The city of West Palm Beach has asked the state legislature to approve a new law that would let council members meet privately to discuss upcoming tort suits, suggesting this would permit quicker, less expensive settlements in some instances. Current Florida law requires anyone who wants to file a tort claim against the government to give six months notice, but council members can’t meet privately to discuss a case until litigation is filed. (4/1/08)