Martin Lee Anderson

Bill to compensate parents of Martin Lee Anderson moves through Florida legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL (AP) -- The process to compensate the parents of Martin Lee Anderson for their son's death is moving forward in the Legislature.

A bill was introduced in the Florida Senate today to give a $5 million payment to Anderson's parents. The teen died after being hit and kicked by guards in a juvenile boot camp in Bay County last year.

Meanwhile, the Senate president and House speaker agreed their chambers will hold special hearings together on the proposed claims bill. Usually, a claims bill can take years before it passes the Legislature. But in this case, Governor Crist had asked legislative leaders to expedite the process.

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