By Jacqueline Pitts, The Bottom Line
On the first day of the 2018 session, a bill to allow a constitutional amendment to give voters, via their elected representatives, the ability to make the state’s legal environment more competitive was filed as Senate Bill 2.
SB 2, filed by state Sen. Ralph Alvarado, would allow the General Assembly to establish commonsense thresholds on jury-awarded damages — giving Kentuckians the power to determine the state’s legal liability climate.
Currently, there is no limit on these medical malpractice claims in the state, and awards can run into the millions of dollars.
SB 2 seeks to create a consistent legal environment for Kentucky businesses and caregivers while still ensuring justice for those who are legitimately harmed. The bill comes as Kentucky lags behind surrounding states with such standards in place to provide consistency, clarity and transparency.
If the bill is passed and signed by the governor, Kentuckians would be able to vote on the constitutional amendment during the November 2018 election.