The House Civil Justice Committee on Thursday passed H.B. 967, a bill designed to reduce personal injury protection (PIP) fraud and the cost of PIP insurance by, among other provisions, capping attorneys' fees available from such claims. Rep. Matt Gaetz attempted to offer a strike-all amendment to strip out many of the provisions in the bill; the amendment was defeated on a germanity challenge that was ultimately appealed to the Speaker of the House. Numerous parties waived in support of the bill, including State Farm, PCI, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and others. Opposing parties included the Florida Medical Association, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and the Florida Justice Association; the testimony of these parties primarily centered on the provisions of the bill relating to arbitrations and examinations under oath. With the exception of Rep. Gaetz, who voted against the bill, the bill passed on a party-line vote and now goes to the House Health and Human Services Committee. On the same day, the House Insurance and Banking Committee took up H.B. 1411 by Rep. Jim Boyd, a more comprehensive package related to preventing PIP fraud. Parties similar to H.B. 967 testified for and against the bill, and similar issues were raised relating to expanded use of examinations under oath. The bill passed on a party-line vote and now goes to the House Civil Justice Subcommittee.