Session Nears End?

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House members are considering a new medical malpractice proposal from the Senate that lowered the amounts payable for pain-and-suffering awards.

The Senate had previously proposed a $1 million "hard cap.'' Tuesday, the Senate lowered that proposal to $700,000.

Senator Tommy Robertson called it a substantial move, because in the majority of cases, the total amount recoverable would be $500,000. Senators had earlier rejected the latest House plan.

Through Monday, the special session had cost taxpayers $533,498.

The House offered its 12th compromise proposal Monday. It had included a $1 million upper limit on pain-and-suffering awards. That matched an earlier Senate offer.

It is half of the $2 million limit the House had proposed in recent days. At one time, the House had no upper limit.