Will the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce press a 'tort reform' initiative? | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Will the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce press a 'tort reform' initiative?

Posted By on Wed, May 22, 2013 at 2:42 PM

I heard yesterday that the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce is expected to decide in June whether to mount a petition campaign to put a "tort reform" constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2014. The plan to get that done in the legislature was stymied by a counterattack in the form of a water-muddying competing proposal by Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, who's a puppet for one of the state's most successful trial lawyers, John Goodson.

Talk Business has lots more background on the chamber's deliberations in an interview with chamber boss Randy Zook.

One factor they might consider: If the chamber moves ahead, plaintiffs' lawyers — rather than spend millions in simply attempting to defeat it — might resort to a competing amendment through petition that would be more protective of the rights of injured people. When proposed amendments have similar purposes, the one with the most votes wins. Pictures of grannies covered in bed sores — potentially limited by greedy businesses in seeking compensation for pain and suffering — are more compelling than the argument that big business needs more money to trickle down on the rest of us.

Tags: , , , ,


Favorite

Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • One dead, two wounded in early morning shooting

    KARK's Susanne Brunner reports that one person has been killed and two wounded in a shooting shortly after 1 a.m. this morning near Roosevelt Road and Cross Street.
    • Apr 17, 2019
  • Reality bites at Little Rock City Hall; spending must be cut

    A followup to Rebekah Hall's earlier report on Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr.'s announcement that cuts will be necessary in the city budget in part to pay for "priorities," such as his desire to expand the police force, but also to deal with the reality often mentioned here of stagnant to decling city sales tax revenue. Some quick ideas on that:
    • Apr 17, 2019
  • Speaking of hard times in newspapers: Democrat-Gazette's move to digital

    Word continues to filter in of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's pullback from statewide circulation of a print daily edition of the newspaper — the latest from the Hot Springs area, just 50 or so miles down the road from Little Rock. Subscribers there were told home delivery of a print paper would end in May.
    • Apr 16, 2019
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Open line

    • Baby Jane Hudson to dying, lying sister Blanche on the beach in The 'Bu. "You…

    • on April 20, 2019
  • Re: Good Friday Open Line

    • Deathby, you don't have a clue. The State of Israel was built out of the…

    • on April 20, 2019
  • Re: Open line

    • Again, I really do appreciate the birthday wishes. (Thanks Mountaingirl!) I got to use my…

    • on April 20, 2019
 

© 2019 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation