The state Senate has moved the Amazon.com bill ahead of tort reform on its calendar.
When the Senate finishes the budget, tort reform debate was scheduled to be next on the agenda. That bill sets parameters to civil suits and how much money can be awarded.
The governor, the House Speaker, Senate leaders, and Tea Party activists have been pushing for these changes.
For the governor, it’s a part of her to-do list. She made her argument in a recent Statehouse press conference:
The main issue, says Gov. Haley, is capping punitive damages at $300,000 for companies.
Bailey says Senate Democrats–and a few Republicans–see no need to change civil case law.
Haley says it’s about trial lawyers vs. jobs:
But the Senate has a mind of its own. Bailey, who speaks for the Senate Democratic Caucus, says trial attorneys are not the problem.
Pickens Senator Larry Martin will lead the Senate effort to pass tort law changes. He says the major contention will be a cap of $300,000 dollars on some jury awards meant to punish a company for wrongdoing.