Tort Reform Debate

The Mississippi Senate passed its version of a tort reform bill by a margin of 36 to 15, late Friday afternoon. It lowered caps on punitive, as well as non-economic damages. The measure also included general tort reform, as well as medical malpractice.

The Mississippi House passed a medical malpractice tort reform bill Thursday on a 102 to 18 vote.

The two measures would go into a conference committee over the weekend. The House has recessed until 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8.

Senator Terry Burton of Newton said he believes negotiations can bring the two houses together on one bill.

"Hopefully at some point in the process a compromise can be reached and there could be a bill on the governor's desk for his signature," said Burton. "That's why we're being very meticulous, very careful to make sure we don't waste the taxpayer's money and our time by being here."