House Reopens Possibility of Tort Reform

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The House voted 110 to 8 to allow a new bill to be filed. The bill will address several issues, including limits on where product-liability lawsuits can be filed.

It will not include proposals to limit pain and suffering damages that can be awarded in civil suits.

The Mississippi Senate has to agree before a new bill can be filed.

Other civil justice bills have passed the Senate but have not been brought up for House votes because a key House chairman opposes caps on pain and suffering awards.

Gov. Haley Barbour said he will call special sessions if legislators leave without passing comprehensive civil justice changes. The regular session ends May 9.