In a surprising outcome, the Oregon Senate yesterday rejected a bill eliminating the current $500,000 cap on non-economic damage awards. The bill failed on the Senate floor by a 14 yes to 15 no vote, and is dead for this session. Four Democrats joined all Senate Republicans in voting against the measure. The four were Sens. Lee Beyer, Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward, Laurie Monnes Anderson, and Betsy Johnson.
Those of you attending our 2019 Day on the Hill will recall that this bill was the #1 priority of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association this year, and had already passed the House fairly easily. The Oregon Liability Reform Coalition, of which State Farm is a member, led the opposition to HB 2014.
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