Scionti on CSX rail line and immunity – Part 1 listen03/21/08 Seán Kinane
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A 61-mile commuter rail line through Orlando and other sections of Central Florida moved closer to becoming a reality yesterday. A state House panel gave a first approval to the $491-million purchase of rail lines from the company CSX; but not before the House infrastructure committee voted 8-2 to make the state pay for damages or injuries on the commuter rail even if CSX is at fault.
Rep. Rich Glorioso, R-Plant City, sponsored the amendment.
Rep. Mike Scionti, D-Tampa, was one of only two members of the committee to vote against the amendment giving CSX immunity. Scionti called the proposal “absolutely unacceptable.”
Next week WMNF will air Part 2 of this interview. In it, Scionti will discuss the $2-million per year the state must spend on an insurance policy because of this amendment.