SB 746, originally a bill geared toward physicians’ reporting of drug abuse, was amended last week to incorporate bad faith language regarding insurance from Sen. Stewart Greenleaf’s SB 433. The Judiciary Committee adopted the measure, reported the bill, and it had its first reading all within a few hours.
Now up for second consideration and traveling to the Senate floor, NAMIC is urging its members to call and/or email Pennsylvania senators to express your opposition to the bill.
The legislation will move the decisions of bad faith culpability, attorney’s fees, damages, and interest awarded from the judge’s desk to the jury. There is little doubt that if passed, this measure will create instability in judicial outcomes, as well as a shift from efficient justice to litigious attempts for settlements.
NAMIC will also be contacting the Pennsylvania Senate to express our opposition to the bill on its face, as well as the process of adopting unrelated bad faith language to SB 746 and then passing it through committee without opportunity and notice for interested parties participate in the public vetting.
Direct questions to NAMIC State Affairs Manager Erin Collins.
Posted: Tuesday, June 09, 2009 12:00:00 AM. Modified: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 8:51:43 AM.
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