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Bill goes to Senate that limits lawsuit damages

March 11, 2004
By: Monica Walter
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri House has sent a bill to the Senate that would limit liability lawsuits and awards. Monica Walter reports from the state Capitol.

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A bill passed in the House Thursday that aims to limit how much money can be awarded in medical malpractice and liability lawsuits.

St. Louis County Reo. Richard Byrd is the sponsor of the bill. He says that medical malpractice suits are limiting access to health care.

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Contents: This bill is necessary to solve the medical malpractice crisis in our state.

The bill did not pass without opposition. Over half the Democrats in the House voted against the measure. From the state Capitol, I'm Monica Walter.

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Date: 03-11-04

By: Monica Walter

State Capital Bureau

A bill that would limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in lawsuits passed in the Missouri House despite opposition from several Democrats. Monica Walter has the story from the state Capitol.
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A bill that aims to limit medical malpractice and liability lawsuits is on its way to the Senate after it received final approval from the House.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Richard Byrd, says medical malpractice suits limit access to health care.

But St. Louis Representative Connie Johnson questions his reasoning.

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Contents: If we were truly concerned about access to health care, we would not be cutting state programs.

Several other Democrats spoke in opposition of the bill before it passed. From the state Capitol, I'm Monica Walter.

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Date:03-11-04

By: Monica Walter

State Capital Bureau

The Missouri House sent a bill to the Senate for approval Thursday that aims to put a cap on damages in medical malpractice and liability lawsuits. Monica Walter reports from the state Capitol.

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Some Democrats say a bill that would limit the amount of money you can win in medical and liability lawsuits puts a dollar amount on human lives.

The bill passed despite opposition from several Democrats.

Kansas City area Representative Kathy Jolly says putting caps on damages puts a price on human life.

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Contents: How can you put a dollar amount on human life.

Republican supporters say the measure will make health care more accessable by lowering costs. From the state Capitol, I'm Monica Walter.