Friday, February 11, 2005

Malpractice Reform fails in GA...

... by 1 vote. The bill now goes to committee:

"The original bill, passed by the Senate on Feb. 1, also capped non-economic damages -- commonly referred to as pain and suffering -- on medical malpractice lawsuits at $250,000 per party. The House raised those limits to $350,000 on Thursday.

The bill was authored by Sen. Preston Smith, R-Rome. Harp, an attorney who practices family law, had backed the bill until Thursday. He is vice-chairman of the Judiciary Committee and voted to get the bill out of committee. When it came before the Senate last week, he voted to keep the bill from being amended. He later voted for passage of the bill.

Thursday he did not support it."


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