March 30, 2009
Judiciary Chair Rep. Mark Meadows, D-East Lansing, introduced HB 4680 just one day before his committee approved the legislation for full House consideration. The proposed legislation amends which cases are decided as a matter of law by the judge instead of a matter of fact by the jury. HB 4680 also changes the definition of “serious impairment of an important body function” to no longer include “important body function.”
Perhaps most significantly, the bill removes the requirement for the injured party to prove the malady is permanent, severe, or unable to live their normal life.
HB 4680 is expected to come up for consideration sometime this week. NAMIC is encouraging all of its member companies to join us in contacting legislators in the House this week to voice opposition to the bill as well as articulating the importance of tort restrictions that control the cost of doing business.
Direct questions to NAMIC State Affairs Manager Erin Collins.