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House perfects bill to limit liability awards in Missouri

February 16, 2005
By: Josh Hinkle
State Capital Bureau

Limiting liability awards in Missouri just got one step closer to reality... but House opponents worry that step might not be the right one.

Josh Hinkle reports from the state Capitol.

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The bill that would limit liability awards in Missouri received first round approval in the House... meaning the House can no longer make changes.

But oppenents like Columbia Represenative Judy Baker say change is just what the bill needs to lower insurance rates for doctors.

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Baker says the bill sympathetic to big business... and not specific enough to really help doctors.

The bill must now pass through the House before it goes on to the Senate.

From the state Capitol, I'm Josh Hinkle.

Missouri lawmakers in the House worked on a bill to limit liability awards.

Josh Hinkle reports from the state Capitol.

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Members of the House hammered out the bill's specifics... capping most punitive damages from civil lawsuits at $250,000.

Supporters say the bill will lower insurance rates for doctors.

But opponents say that's not the bill's real purpose.

They say the bill is sympathetic to big businesses.

The House perfected the bill... and will soon make a final vote.

From the state Capitol, I'm Josh Hinkle.