Zook says the list of key issues for 2017 is extensive.
Perhaps one of the biggest pieces of upcoming legislation is tort reform, known as SJR8, sponsored by local Senator Missy Irvin and State Representative Bob Ballinger. Tort reform refers to laws passed on a state-by-state basis which place limits or caps on the type or amount of damages that may be awarded in personal injury lawsuits.
Supporters of the measure, including the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, maintain under current Arkansas Law limitations or caps need to be placed on damages able to be recovered in lawsuits because excessive damage awards create an oppressive tax on the cost of doing business, which may not attract new businesses looking to relocate.
Senator Irvin was at Monday’s event and says along with tort reform Arkansas’ workforce is under the microscope.
Other legislators attending the event were Senator Scott Flippo and State Representatives Nelda Speaks, Jack Fortner, Ron McNair and Michelle Gray.
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