Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed a bill setting a $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages for doctors in malpractice suits.
The Republican governor signed the bill in four ceremonies across the state on Wednesday and today, the Texas Medical Association reports.
But the measure has one more hurdle before it can take effect. Texas voters on Sept. 13 will be asked to approve a constitutional amendment allowing such a cap.
On June 1, both houses of the Texas Legislature agreed on a total cap of $750,00 per case, broken down into the $250,000 cap for physicians and a $500,000 cap for hospitals and other facilities, such as ambulatory surgery centers.