Regional
12:12 pm
Tue January 13, 2004

Medical Malpractice Bill Clears Senate Committee

Frankfort, KY – A proposed constitutional amendment that deals
with medical malpractice cases has cleared its
first legislative hurdle. The measure was approved
by a Senate Committee today in Frankfort.

If it is passed by the General Assembly and ratified
by the state's voters, the measure would allow
lawmakers to rein in medical malpractice cases.
The proposal is sponsored by Senate President
David Williams, a Republican from Burkesville.

If the constitutional amendment is ratified by voters,
the next General Assembly could limit damages for
pain and suffering, impose a time limit for filing
malpractice claims, and create a "mandatory
alternative dispute resolution system."

The bill now heads to the full Senate.