Task force members urge malpractice cap amendment

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) -- Following a Florida Supreme Court decision that struck down caps on certain awards in medical malpractice lawsuits, the members of a 2002 task force that recommended those limits are calling for a constitutional amendment that would place the caps on solid footing.

The task force appointed by then-Gov. Jeb Bush recommended a cap for individuals on non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, and the legislature passed it in 2003.

Last month, Florida's high court ruled that the caps violate the state constitution.

The five task force members wrote to Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford on April 9, requesting the proposed amendment. It would have to be approved by voters.

Officials in both chambers say the request comes too late in this year's session for action.


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