Tort Reform passes Judiciary Committee vote

Tort reform legislation took another major step forward today in the State House when H. 3489 passed out of Judiciary Committee.

Action on this bill was first on the agenda for today's Judiciary meeting.  After Committee Chairman Jim Harrison explained the compromise amendment, questions were raised over three issues:

  • The PARSA section of the bill questioning the need to include solicitors in the PARSA section.

  • The existence of evidence to support the claims that the bill would benefit economic development or lower insurance premiums.

  • The statute of repose language.

All three issues were addressed by Harrison before the committee passed the legislation on a voice vote. We were told that Rep. Todd Rutherford, who had expressed his displeasure with tort reform in the meeting, was the only committee member to vote against the bill.

Our thanks go out to the Judiciary Committee members for helping push this legislation through - and you should thank them as well.

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