Caps bill delayed in Judiciary

Ann Knef Mar. 15, 2005, 6:46am

Sen. David Luechtefeld

Sen. Kirk Dillard

A bill that would cap non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases at $250,000 and limit claims against hospitals at $500,000 was not heard in today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Springfield.

State Sen. John Cullerton (D-Chicago), Judiciary co-chair, stalled a roll call vote on Senate Bill 150, saying he would call it on Thursday along with a group of other medical malpractice reform bills.

State Sen. David Luechtefeld (R-Okawville), and several Metro-East doctors and medical professionals who attended the hearing, were angry with Cullerton's decision not to bring the bill to a committee vote.

"I've been assured it was going to be heard," said Luechtefeld, one of the bill's co-sponsors.

Another co-sponsor and member of the Judiciary, State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Westmont) told Cullerton, "The roll call is not going to change between now and Thursday. It will either go up or down."

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