Governor Pleased, Surprised Over Election

Cheyenne, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal is surprised and delighted about the mixed results of four constitutional amendments on Tuesday's ballot. Citizens voted down constitutional amendments A and D and passed B and C, although C is headed for a recount. C would let the legislature set up a medical review panel to week out frivolous malpractice lawsuits. Freudenthal hopes it survives the recount. As for the defeat of D, which would have allowed the capping of non-economic damages, Freudenthal says the public wants a different approach. He says the expense of malpractice insurance is going to be shifted to the public sector. Freudenthal says legislative options include a risk retention pool partially subsidized by the state. The Governor is puzzled over the defeat of Amendment A, which dealt with school funding. He was pleased voters approved B to allow local sales tax money to be used in economic development projects.