Tort reform in Mississippi is gaining momentum with the state Senate's approval of a comprehensive bill that includes caps on noneconomic damages.
S.B. 2783, which passed the Senate on Wednesday with a 32-15 vote, would cap noneconomic damages at $250,000 on all tort actions.
The bill calls for the elimination of joint-and-several liability, caps on punitive damage awards, the establishment of a medical malpractice liability review board, protections for landowners and "innocent sellers" and other reforms to the state's legal system.
Lawmakers in the House are addressing a separate bill sponsored by more than 60 representatives.