South Carolina senators began taking a look at the state’s tort limits on Monday.
Judiciary Subcommittee Chair State Sen. Gerald Malloy, D-Darlington, said he wants all parties involved to be at the table. “I realize that there will be some conversation about the insurance as to what it costs, that kind of thing. Let’s invite them to the discussion sooner than later.”
Senate Republicans have pushed for stricter limits on types of lawsuits filed against South Carolina businesses, saying that “frivolous” lawsuits result in higher costs of doing business through legal fees and insurance. Previous proposals would require a limit on what could be considered medical costs or liability.
Other senators have argued a current $600,000 limit on what anyone suing the state government could receive in damages is oo low.
Malloy said there is a lot that needs to be done so the legislation can be taken up in next year’s session. “We got a lot of work to end up doing,” he said. “The thing is, I want to get this bill out to committee sometime in January.”
“So, I want it to be in front of the full committee. So, I don’t want to labor it and go through the process and go through five meetings,” said Malloy.