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Holden Vetoes Lawsuit Limits

Gov. Bob Holden (UPI file photo)
Gov. Bob Holden (UPI file photo)


Jefferson City, Mo. –

Governor Holden on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have imposed new restrictions on injury lawsuits in Missouri.

Holden had promised a veto last week shortly after the Legislature's Republican majority passed the legislation.

Holden says the proposal sent to his desk "hurts the common citizen in this state."

The Democratic governor vetoed a similar bill last year.

Supporters say new restrictions on lawsuits seeking civil damages could help lower the cost of doctors' medical malpractice insurance premiums.

But Holden opposes the bill because some changes would affect all tort cases, which include such claims as personal injury and, wrongful death.

To hear a report from Missy Shelton on the veto, click on the 'listen' icon above.