Tort Reform Measures Killed

Cheyenne, WY – A proposed state constitutional amendment to limit damage awards onmedical malpractice cases was shot down by the State House and Senate. A Senate tort-reform amendment needed a two-thirds vote Wednesday, but fell two votes short, 18-12. A similar amendment in the House came up five votes shy, with 35 in favor and 22 against. That means neither resolution will go to the public for a vote. Both proposals would have allowed the Legislature to limit awards for non-economic damages. The issue was targeted by medical providers as their top issue this session. With Wednesday's defeat, Suzy Wacker of the Wyoming Medical Society is concerned that more doctors will leave the state. She says by doing nothing, the state is making the problem worse.