Anderson Settlement on a Tallahassee Fast Track

A bill to compensate the parents of Martin Lee Anderson is getting the support of Senate President Ken Pruitt.

Pruitt said Thursday he wants to fast track a $5 million claims bill to compensate the family of the 14-year-old Panama City boy who died last year after being roughed up by guards in a state-supervised boot camp program.

Pruitt's call to waive Senate rules to expedite a chamber vote on a settlement was contained in letter sent to Gov. Charlie Crist. The governor is also urging a quick settlement after meeting with Martin Lee Anderson's parents Wednesday at the Capitol.

Pruitt asked Senator Tony Hill, a Democrat of Jacksonville, to introduce a late-filed claims bill. A two-thirds vote of the Senate is required before the chamber can take up the measure.

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