Partnership for Commonsense Justice Applauds Committee Approval of Senate Bill 2
February 7, 2018
Partnership for Commonsense Justice Applauds Committee Approval of Senate Bill 2 Legislation Empowers Kentuckians to Determine Legal Liability Climate
Frankfort, Ky. (Feb. 7, 2017)—The Partnership for Commonsense Justice (PCJ) released the following statement applauding today’s passage of Senate Bill 2 by the Senate State and Local Government Committee:
“The Partnership for Commonsense Justice commends the Senate State and Local Committee for moving Senate Bill 2 forward, and we thank Sen. Alvarado for sponsoring this important legislation. Businesses of all types and sizes face disproportionately high uncertainty and risk when operating in Kentucky, and voters should have a say over whether or not they are comfortable with this barrier to new jobs and economic growth.
“The PCJ, which represents many of our state’s leading businesses and health care providers, urges the General Assembly to bring this bill to passage and send it to the voters on the 2018 ballot. It’s time we give Kentuckians a much-needed voice in our legal liability system.”
Senate Bill 2 asks Kentuckians to decide at the polls whether the General Assembly should have authority to establish commonsense thresholds on jury-awarded damages. Unlike many other states, Kentucky sets no limits for judges or juries when it comes to awarding damages after trial, creating disparate outcomes from courtroom to courtroom and putting every Kentucky business and caregiver at extreme risk.
Earlier today, Senate Bill 20 moved out of the Senate House and Welfare Committee. The legislation calls for a number of tort reform measures to improve Kentucky’s liability climate, including an affidavit of merit requirement, peer review protection, medical record fee modernization, physician apology reform and contingency fee reform.
Kentucky’s legal liability climate is ranked 42nd nationwide by the Institute for Legal Reform.
About the Partnership for Commonsense Justice
The Partnership for Commonsense Justice (PCJ) is a coalition of Kentucky businesses, business groups, healthcare organizations, and non-profits dedicated to promoting a balanced, efficient and fair justice system. PCJ supports legislative policies and judicial reforms that will improve Kentucky’s legal climate and enhance our economic competitiveness with other states.
This opinion-editorial originally appeared in the August 24, 2016 print edition of the Winchester Sun.
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