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Payment sought in FSU player's death

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After years of failed attempts to pass a similar measure, a South Florida senator has filed a bill that would lead to the state paying $1.8 million to the parents of a Florida State University football player who died while working out in 2001.

Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, this week filed what is known as a "claim" bill (SB 48) to compensate the parents of Devaughn Darling, who collapsed and died during a training session.

Darling's family and the university reached a $2 million settlement, but the state's sovereign-immunity laws prevented the family from collecting more than $200,000 without legislative passage of a claim bill.

Such bills have been filed repeatedly in recent years but have not passed.

Braynon's bill will be considered during the 2017 legislative session, which starts in March.