Utah Medical Malpractice bill seeks fair hearing

side note: Now that tort reform has become the oft-parroted republican talking point, we could be looking at an opportunity at the state level. So what if there is no federal tort reform? With the groundswell of conservative and independent voters seemingly convinced that medical malpractice lawsuit reform is the answer to skyrocketing healthcare costs, shouldn’t it be easier to accomplish tort reforms at a state level now?

After several detours, a controversial bill that would cap medical malpractice awards for pain and suffering at $250,000 has now landed in the Senate Natural Resources Committee for debate.

“I was just trying to determine the relevance of medical malpractice with animals,” Sen. Jon Greiner, R-Ogden, said of the committee-shuffling for SB145 that took place on the Senate floor this week. “I guess we’ll find out.”

The “med-mal” bill, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, was first scheduled to go before the Senate Health and Human Services committee, chaired by Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan. It later was sent to Business and Labor. Then it shifted to Natural Resources.

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