FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 27, 2004

GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR URGES HOUSE TO “PUT EVERYTHING ON THE TABLE” TO FIGHT LAWSUIT ABUSE

(Jackson, Miss.) – Governor Haley Barbour urged members of the House to “put everything on the table,” including real caps, innocent seller provisions, and a medical review panel, in any potential future negotiations. The House of Representatives voted 60-59 this morning to send a halfway tort reform bill to conference. The Senate, wanting full tort reform, voted not to appoint conferees until all tort reform code sections were subject to negotiations.

“Mississippians deserve all aspects of tort reform to be considered,” said Governor Barbour. “There is no point in having discussions if everything is not on the table.”

The Governor said that if a bill is passed with caps, an innocent seller provision, and a medical review panel provision and sent to the House, it would be subject to a point of order, which is a technicality that would allow just one member to kill real tort reform.

“If one person in the House has the opportunity to object to an eventual agreement on the current bill and kill it, there is no need to be here. However, if all of the tort reform provisions are addressed in conference, there is still a chance to salvage tort reform in this Special Session,” said Governor Barbour.

 


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Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: 601.359.3150 Fax: 601.359.3741