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House panel backs lawsuits over terrorism

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A House panel Thursday gave initial approval to a bill that would help clear the way for terrorism victims to file lawsuits over their injuries.

The bill (HB 65), filed by Rep. Jason Fischer, R-Jacksonville, and Rep. Frank White, R-Pensacola, would create what is known as a "cause of action" for terrorism victims to file lawsuits in state courts.

The House Civil Justice & Claims Subcommittee approved the measure, which is filed for the legislative session that starts March 7.

The bill would allow lawsuits against people responsible for terrorism, including people who finance the terrorist activities, Fischer said.