Legislators seem unconcerned about growing tort reform cases

As the number of tort reform cases before the Mississippi Supreme Court keeps growing, state lawmakers don’t seem quite as concerned about the court’s rulings as are Mississippi’s legal and corporate communities.

The deadline to file bills for consideration in the Legislature’s 2012 session is Feb. 20. That’s plenty of time to get tort laws thrown into a bill to use as a vehicle to deal with whatever issues — if any — the Supreme Court creates.

Sen. Briggs Hopson II, R-Vicksburg and chairman of the Senate Judiciary A Committee, said there hasn’t been a lot of discussion about tort reform.

“There’s still time left until Feb. 20,” Hopson said.

The same is true on the House side.

MBJ
1/30/12