WPR News
9:48 am
Wed February 25, 2004

House/Senate Debate Tort Reforms

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Senate rejected to amendments in giving second reading approval to a bill that would set the stage for the state to cap non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. Senator Jayne Mockler sponsored an amendment that attempted to require "truth in advertising" if the issue goes before voters. Senator Charlie Scott vehemently objected to the amendment, saying it chills free speech. Longtime newspaper publisher, Senator Bob Peck, says Mockler should trust the public. He says he has a lot of faith in the ability of people to work through a mass of information and make an informed decision. Meanwhile, the House rejected an amendment on their version of the bill that could have added a medical review panel and an alternative dispute provision. Both bills move to final reading Wednesday.