Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Governor's Tort Reform Legislation Withdrawn

Mike Pence's version of tort reform--the loser pays all legal fees for both parties--was quietly withdrawn from the legislative agenda because, as Republican Sen. Brent Steele, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee observed: “It doesn’t work.” It is unworkable because determining just who is the loser in a lawsuit is difficult — and impossible in “no fault” divorce cases. Will the Governor's proposed 10 percent state income tax reduction meet the same fate? Seems like the Pence agenda isn't going over great with his own party. Maybe he'd do better with a jobs bill, as Democratic House leader Scott Pelath has called for. Read more about the vanished tort reform here.