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Ruling on damages cap pleases Kansas House speaker O’Neal

October 5, 2012

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— Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal says he's pleased by a state Supreme Court ruling that upholds a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages in personal injury lawsuits.

The Hutchinson Republican said Friday that many legislators and others have seen the policy of limiting such damages as long-settled.

The law imposing the cap was enacted in 1988. O'Neal is an attorney who helped draft the law.

O'Neal is not seeking re-election this year and has been hired as president and CEO of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. The chamber had urged the court to uphold the cap.

O'Neal said lawmakers enacted the cap because doctors were seeing the costs of medical malpractice insurance increasing and some of them were giving up their Kansas practices.

Minority House leader Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, criticized the ruling Friday.

Comments

Mike1949 1 year, 6 months ago

Chop - Chop! Another freedom is stolen from the American (specifically Kansans) people courteously of the Republican party who's total existence due through special interest groups like insurance company's, industry and business and their owners.

Don't you sleep better at night knowing that under the disguise of less government claims by the republicans, you and I are loosing our free rights left and right .

Pretty soon, I would not be surprised that all elections are suspended because our representatives will be selected by companies CEO's.

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