Missouri lawmakers have their eyes on reinstating liability caps for medical malpractice cases after the state Supreme Court struck down the limits last summer.
The high court concluded a 2005 law was unconstitutional. It had capped noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases at $350,000.
Supporters of limiting damages say the cap is important for reducing health care costs and helping to keep doctors in Missouri. Opponents argue the right to a jury trial is the lynchpin for all basic liberties and must be protected.
At the St. Louis Business Journal's "State of St. Louis," one of the panelists remarked that, in the Missouri legislature, the divide is less between Republicans and Democrats and more between rural and urban representation.
But the upcoming legislative session is somewhat remarkable because both leaders in the legislative bodies are from the St. Louis area. House Speaker Tim Jones is from Eureka, and Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey from St. Charles will soon be the President Pro Tem.