WPR News
3:09 pm
Fri December 26, 2003

Controversy Erupts On Controversial Bill

Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming House Speaker Fred Parady will have to decide which legislative committee will review a controversial piece of legislation. Lawmakers will be asked to vote on a bill that would change the constitution to allow the capping of non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. Last year, the House Judiciary Committee killed a similar piece of legislation. Parady admits he's been getting pressure to assign the bill to a committee that's not headed by a trial lawyer. But he maintains the Judiciary Committee gave the bill a full and fair hearing last year and he expects lawmakers will do the same with this bill in the coming legislative session. The bill has a tough road regardless. It needs two-thirds support for introduction, two-thirds support from the House and Senate and support through a vote of the people before caps can officially be considered.