Online:
Visits:
Stories:
Profile image
By Freedom Fighter
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views

Now:
Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:
Total:

High Alert: Tort Control SJR8, Full House Vote 2/27/2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017 18:58
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

(Before It's News)

    

 

***Representatives, please VOTE NO on SJR 8 ***

Our plea is that you have mercy on the people of Arkansas.

 

image credit
 

SJR 8 comes up for a FULL HOUSE VOTE on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.  Here’s the House agenda.

We have been warning you about Tort Reform (Tort Control) legislation for quite some time, and SJR 8 is just the latest in an extended effort to burden the Arkansas public with ridiculous restrictions on the amount of money plaintiffs are able to receive in a lawsuit. Most of the legislators supporting tort reform (tort control) claim to be conservative, but that isn’t so. Tort Reform (Tort Control) is a progressive movement.  

The following is the direct quote from the Constitution of the State Arkansas 1874 as it exists today.  Read the information below and ask yourself:  why are our legislators attempting to reduce and take away our rights? Why do our legislators want to rewrite our state constitution? 

Constitution of the State Arkansas 1874

Article 2, § 7. Jury trial — Right to — Waiver — Civil cases — Nine jurors agreeing.

The right of trial by jury shall remain inviolate, and shall extend to all cases at law, without regard to the amount in controversy; but a jury trial may be waived by the parties in all cases in the manner prescribed by law; and in all jury trials in civil cases, where as many as nine of the jurors agree upon a verdict, the verdict so agreed upon shall be returned as the verdict of such jury, provided, however, that where a verdict is returned by less than twelve jurors all the jurors consenting to such verdict shall sign the same. [As amended by Const. Amend. 16.] 

Article 2, § 13. Redress of wrongs.

Every person is entitled to a certain remedy in the laws for all injuries or wrongs he may receive in his person, property or character; he ought to obtain justice freely, and without purchase; completely, and without denial; promptly and without delay; conformably to the laws. 

Article 2, § 21. Life, liberty and property — Banishment prohibited.

No person shall be taken, or imprisoned, or disseized of his estate, freehold, liberties or privileges; or outlawed, or in any manner destroyed, or deprived of his life, liberty or property; except by the judgment of his peers, or the law of the land; nor shall any person, under any circumstances, be exiled from the State. 

Article 5, § 32. Workmen’s Compensation Laws — Actions for personal injuries.

The General Assembly shall have power to enact laws prescribing the amount of compensation to be paid by employers for injuries to or death of employees, and to whom said payment shall be made. It shall have power to provide the means, methods, and forum for adjudicating claims arising under said laws, and for securing payment of same. Provided, that otherwise no law shall be enacted limiting the amount to be recovered for injuries resulting in death or for injuries to persons or property; and in case of death from such injuries the right of action shall survive, and the General Assembly shall prescribe for whose benefit such action shall be prosecuted. [As amended by Const. Amend. 26.]

History of a power grab and property rights: Back in 1874, there was a power grab by the railroads during their expansion across this nation. Legislators in many of the states were being duped into granting immunity for the property damage the railroads were causing and also capping/ limiting damages (what the railroad had to pay to the people). The framers of our Arkansas Constitution had the foresight to keep special interests out of the right to a trial by jury in civil cases.  Let’s make sure it stays that way!  Legislators, VOTE NO on SJR 8!  Article 5, Section 32 was intended to protect both property and life. This protection will disappear if SJR 8 is passed during this legislative session! SJR 8 applies to civil cases and not just torts. Secure Arkansas is concerned that if Koch pipeline or Big Oil wants to continue to build their new pipeline, for instance, they will lobby to put a cap on property damage and property values.  Yes, our own personal property could be affected, too!  

Fact Sheet: Cases Where “Tort Reforms” Have Been Held Unconstitutional 

Here is a snippet from Arkansas from the above link:

Arkansas – Broussard v. St. Edward Mercy Health System, 386 S.W.3d 385 (2012) (requirement that expert witnesses in medical liability lawsuits be the same specialty as defendant doctors violates the separation of powers doctrine); Bayer CropScience LP v. Schafer, 2011 Ark. 518 (punitive damages cap of greater of $250,000 or three times compensatory damages, not to exceed $1 million, is unconstitutional as it limits the amount of recovery outside the employment relationship).  Johnson v. Rockwell Automation, Inc., 308 S.W.3d 135 (Ark. 2009) (nonparty-fault and medical-costs provisions of the 2003 Civil Justice Reform Act violate separation of powers under State Constitution); Summerville v. Thrower, 253 S.W.3d 415 (Ark. 2007) (statutory requirement of dismissing medical malpractice action for failure to timely submit reasonable cause affidavit is unconstitutional). 

Click here to read the Arkansas Democrat Gazette article from February, 25, 2017 entitled: “House debates edits to tort-caps proposal”.  If you’re unable to view it online, it’s on the front page of the printed version as well. 

This was the message attorney Joey McCutchen’s posted his Facebook page yesterday, February 25th, 2017 about discussion on the House floor Friday, February 24, 2017 regarding the bill: 

As Representative Jimmy Gazaway states in the video on the House Floor on Friday, there is a reason that SJR 8, which takes away the poor among us 142 years of Right to Trial by Jury for catastrophically injured, is being RAILROADED. The “Powers That Be” and the Little Rock Lobbyists know SJR 8 cannot withstand the light of day. It is based on deceit, lies and false statistics. It was drafted by lobbyists for Michael Morton’s Nursing Homes and Walmart. It is nothing more than creating a “rigged” jury system like the “rigged” process playing out at the Capitol. “We the people” got 15 minutes of Testimony in Senate State Agencies. “We the People” got 10 minutes “limited debate” in the House committee. That’s a railroad running over Art 2 Section 7, INVIOLATE Rt to Trial by Jury! It wrong and immoral to the weakest among us- children, stay-at-homes and the elderly… 
The PTB and lobbyists know if they RAILROAD SJR 8 out, that Big Insurance and Big Business will spend million after million after million to confuse uninformed voters. 

Here are attorney Joey McCutchen’s comments about Rep. Josh Miller’s statements about SJR 8: 

Another hero standing up for our RIGHTS at the legislature against SJR 8 was Representative Josh Miller, who is paralyzed. He understands that putting a one-size-fits-all $500,000 cap is not only anti-Bill of Rights but will reward irresponsible behavior and encourage reckless behavior in Arkansas. Please take the time to listen to Rep Miller who places people over Walmart’s and Michael Morton’s profits. 

Arkansans, we need to thank Representative Miller for standing up for the rights of the people rather than the lobbyists and big business! 

From another one of attorney Joey McCutchen’s Facebook posts:

A big thanks to Representative Jimmy Gazaway who yesterday stood up for the rights of the vulnerable and not Walmart and Michael Morton’s lobbyists. Most importantly, he stood up for our Arkansas Constitution ( Art 2, Section 7, 13 ,21 and Article 5, Section 32). One size-fits-all justice set by legislators and lobbyists is wrong and unconstitutional and is not “local control” as so-called conservative politicians are fond of talking about during campaigns. It’s time that politicians walk the walk when they get to Little Rock.

SJR 8 is anti-Life, anti-constitution and anti- conservative. Follow the money all the way to Big Insurance’s bottom line at the expense of the vulnerable. 

Here’s one last Facebook post from Mr. McCutchen:

Have you ever heard the song “I’m your Puppet.” Well, it’s playing out at the Capitol when Big Insurance and their hired-gun lobbyists trample on our rights and take away our meaningful Right to Trial By Jury in the name of “improving the economy.” Yesterday, 142 years of a meaning Right to Trial by Jury ( Art 5 Sec 32) was undone, get this, on a Motion to limit debate to 10 minutes per side. No transparency. No openness.

The system is rigged and now Big Insurance ( and Michael Morton) wants to rig the Jury trial to one size fits all justice so they win every time at the expense of children, stay at home moms and nursing home residents.

How about this novel idea : lower the corporate tax rate and tax rate on the people and our state and economy will prosper! We Everyday Arkies are smarter than the Elitists give us credit for.

SJR 8 is bad for our kids, our parents and us.

——————————————————-

Secure Arkansas really appreciates these Facebook posts. 

ACTION:  Call and email the Representatives listed below, and tell them to VOTE NO on SJR 8. It would place very restrictive caps on damages (how much an injured person can receive after winning a lawsuit).  This bill will also unnecessarily restrict the power of the jury in favor of the lobbyists and big business.
(You can send one email to all of the Representatives if you copy/paste the emails listed directly below into the “TO” section of your email.  Be sure to include your name and county at the end of your email. 

fredallen99@comcast.net

eddie.armstrong@arkansashouse.org

bob@bobballinger.com

scottbaltz@yahoo.com

sonia.barker@arkansashouse.org

rick.beck@arkansashouse.org

mary.bentley@arkansashouse.org

charles.blake@arkansashouse.org

justin.boyd.pharm.d@gmail.com

kenwbragg@gmail.com

davidlbranscum@hotmail.com

karilyn.brown@arkansashouse.org

Leanne.Burch@arkansashouse.org

sarah.capp@arkansashouse.org

frances.cavenaugh@arkansashouse.org

bruce.coleman@arkansashouse.org

clcollins6@cox.net

bccci@cablelynx.com

carol.dalby@arkansashouse.org

andy.davis@arkansashouse.org

Gary.Deffenbaugh@arkansashouse.org

Jana.DellaRosa@arkansashouse.org

jim.dotson@arkansashouse.org

charlotte.douglas@arkansashouse.org

dan-douglas@sbcglobal.net

trevor.drown@arkansashouse.org

les.eaves@arkansashouse.org

Jon.Eubanks@arkansashouse.org

jfarrer@suddenlink.net

deborah.ferguson@arkansashouse.org

kenneth.ferguson@arkansashouse.org

david.fielding@arkansashouse.org

charlene.fite@arkansashouse.org

lanny.fite@att.net

vivian.flowers@arkansashouse.org

jack.fortner@arkansashouse.org

mickeywgates@aol.com

jimmy.gazaway@arkansashouse.org

jeremy@growing45.com

justinrory@yahoo.com

michael.gray@arkansashouse.org

michelle.gray@arkansashouse.org

kimdhammer@yahoo.com

ken4arkansas@gmail.com

kim.hendren@arkansashouse.org

dhillman@futura.net

monte.hodges@arkansashouse.org

grant.hodges@arkansashouse.org

mike.holcomb@arkansashouse.org

steve.hollowell@arkansashouse.org

housedouglas@gmail.com

l_jean@sbcglobal.net

joe.jett@arkansashouse.org

bobjohnsoncpa@gmail.com

jackladyman@gmail.com

greg.leding@arkansashouse.org

arstrep43@gmail.com

fjlove@att.net

markdlowery@mac.com

robin.lundstrum@arkansashouse.org

roger.lynch@arkansashouse.org

john.maddox@arkansashouse.org

stephen.magie@arkansashouse.org

andymayberry@windstream.net

austin.mccollum@arkansashouse.org

mdmcelroy1@yahoo.com

George.McGill@arkansashouse.org

rmcnair1950@gmail.com

David.Meeks@arkansashouse.org

Stephen.Meeks@arkansashouse.org

josh.miller@arkansashouse.org

rkm_72360@yahoo.com

milton.nicks@arkansashouse.org

john.payton@arkansashouse.org

clint.penzo@arkansashouse.org

rebecca.petty@arkansashouse.org

aaron.pilkington@arkansashouse.org

mathew.pitsch@cox.net

chris.richey@arkansashouse.org

marcus.richmond@arkansashouse.org

laurie.rushing@arkansashouse.org

johnny.rye@arkansashouse.org

wsabin@wsabin.org

matthew.shepherd@arkansashouse.org

brandt.smith@arkansashouse.org

sorvillo4house@gmail.com

nelda@neldaspeaks.com

james.sturch@arkansashouse.org

dan.sullivan@arkansashouse.org

dwight.tosh@arkansashouse.org

clarke.tucker@arkansashouse.org

deann.vaught@arkansashouse.org

johnwalkeratty@aol.com

jeff@jeffwardlaw.com

les@hstitle.com

danny.watson@arkansashouse.org

david.whitaker@arkansashouse.org

jeff.williams@arkansashouse.org

carlton@carltonwing.com

richard@richardwomack.com

 

Title

Name

Phone

Email

District

Representative

Fred Allen

501-804-7844

fredallen99@comcast.net

30

Representative

Eddie L. Armstrong

866-980-9438

eddie.armstrong@arkansashouse.org

37

Representative

Bob Ballinger

479-443-3700

bob@bobballinger.com

97

Representative

Scott Baltz

870-378-1380

scottbaltz@yahoo.com

61

Representative

Sonia Eubanks Barker

870-814-7605

sonia.barker@arkansashouse.org

7

Representative

Rick Beck

501-912-1441

rick.beck@arkansashouse.org

65

Representative

Mary Bentley

501-333-2297

mary.bentley@arkansashouse.org

73

Representative

Charles Blake

501-425-9824

charles.blake@arkansashouse.org

36

Representative

Justin Boyd

479-262-2156

justin.boyd.pharm.d@gmail.com

77

Representative

Ken Bragg

870-917-9205

kenwbragg@gmail.com

15

Representative

David L. Branscum

870-448-6290

davidlbranscum@hotmail.com

83

Representative

Karilyn Brown

501-580-9000

karilyn.brown@arkansashouse.org

41

Representative

LeAnne Burch

870-460-0773

Leanne.Burch@arkansashouse.org

9

Representative

Sarah Capp

479-209-2454

sarah.capp@arkansashouse.org

82

Representative

Frances Cavenaugh

870-886-4000

frances.cavenaugh@arkansashouse.org

60

Representative

Bruce Coleman

479-806-6825

bruce.coleman@arkansashouse.org

81

Representative

Charlie Collins

479-283-9303

clcollins6@cox.net

84

Representative

Bruce Cozart

501-627-3232

bccci@cablelynx.com

24

Representative

Carol Dalby

870-772-1255

carol.dalby@arkansashouse.org

1

Representative

Andy Davis

501-837-5109

andy.davis@arkansashouse.org

31

Representative

Gary Deffenbaugh

479-719-8197

Gary.Deffenbaugh@arkansashouse.org

79

Representative

Jana Della Rosa

479-236-3060

Jana.DellaRosa@arkansashouse.org

90

Representative

Jim Dotson

479-222-1234

jim.dotson@arkansashouse.org

93

Representative

Charlotte V. Douglas

479-430-0170

charlotte.douglas@arkansashouse.org

75

Representative

Dan M. Douglas

479-619-9231

dan-douglas@sbcglobal.net

91

Representative

Trevor Drown

479-857-2498

trevor.drown@arkansashouse.org

68

Representative

Les Eaves

501-827-1344

les.eaves@arkansashouse.org

46

Representative

Jon S. Eubanks

479-438-0533

Jon.Eubanks@arkansashouse.org

74

Representative

Joe Farrer

501-743-6855

jfarrer@suddenlink.net

44

Representative

Deborah Ferguson

870-735-7098

deborah.ferguson@arkansashouse.org

51

Representative

Kenneth B. Ferguson

870-413-8942

kenneth.ferguson@arkansashouse.org

16

Representative

David Fielding

870-904-1716

david.fielding@arkansashouse.org

5

Representative

Charlene Fite

479-414-1818

charlene.fite@arkansashouse.org

80

Representative

Lanny Fite

501-317-2400

lanny.fite@att.net

23

Representative

Vivian Flowers

870-329-8356

vivian.flowers@arkansashouse.org

17

Representative

Jack Fortner

870-656-7664

jack.fortner@arkansashouse.org

99

Representative

Mickey Gates

501-623-1100

mickeywgates@aol.com

22

Representative

Jimmy Gazaway

870-239-4002

jimmy.gazaway@arkansashouse.org

57

Representative

Jeremy Gillam

501-682-7771

jeremy@growing45.com

45

Representative

Justin Gonzales

870-245-6365

justinrory@yahoo.com

19

Representative

Michael John Gray

870-347-6000

michael.gray@arkansashouse.org

47

Representative

Michelle Gray

870-291-2515

michelle.gray@arkansashouse.org

62

Representative

Kim Hammer

501-840-3841

kimdhammer@yahoo.com

28

Representative

Ken Henderson

479-970-4850

ken4arkansas@gmail.com

71

Representative

Kim Hendren

479-790-5600

kim.hendren@arkansashouse.org

92

Representative

David Hillman

870-830-3004

dhillman@futura.net

13

Representative

Monte Hodges

870-763-4443

monte.hodges@arkansashouse.org

55

Representative

Grant Hodges

479-381-9513

grant.hodges@arkansashouse.org

96

Representative

Mike Holcomb

870-489-7177

mike.holcomb@arkansashouse.org

10

Representative

Steve Hollowell

870-270-3831

steve.hollowell@arkansashouse.org

49

Representative

Douglas House

501-590-1055

housedouglas@gmail.com

40

Representative

Lane Jean

870-904-1856

l_jean@sbcglobal.net

2

Representative

Joe Jett

870-276-5319

joe.jett@arkansashouse.org

56

Representative

Bob Johnson

501-982-1975

bobjohnsoncpa@gmail.com

42

Representative

Jack Ladyman

870-340-7499

jackladyman@gmail.com

59

Representative

Greg Leding

479-966-9201

greg.leding@arkansashouse.org

86

Representative

Tim Lemons

501-605-7565

arstrep43@gmail.com

43

Representative

Fredrick J. Love

501-612-3939

fjlove@att.net

29

Representative

Mark Lowery

501-837-7633

markdlowery@mac.com

39

Representative

Robin Lundstrum

479-957-1959

robin.lundstrum@arkansashouse.org

87

Representative

Roger D. Lynch

501-412-8959

roger.lynch@arkansashouse.org

14

Representative

John Maddox

479-394-6060

john.maddox@arkansashouse.org

20

Representative

Stephen Magie

501-327-4444

stephen.magie@arkansashouse.org

72

Representative

Andy Mayberry

501-888-3522

andymayberry@windstream.net

27

Representative

Austin McCollum

479-426-4141

austin.mccollum@arkansashouse.org

95

Representative

Mark D. McElroy

870-644-3822

mdmcelroy1@yahoo.com

11

Representative

George B. McGill

479-651-2107

George.McGill@arkansashouse.org

78

Representative

Ron McNair

870-754-7962

rmcnair1950@gmail.com

98

Representative

David Meeks

501-277-9340

David.Meeks@arkansashouse.org

70

Representative

Stephen Meeks

501-314-9250

Stephen.Meeks@arkansashouse.org

67

Representative

Josh Miller

501-365-3599

josh.miller@arkansashouse.org

66

Representative

Reginald Murdock

870-295-3208

rkm_72360@yahoo.com

48

Representative

Milton Nicks, Jr.

870-739-5360

milton.nicks@arkansashouse.org

50

Representative

John Payton

501-362-5815

john.payton@arkansashouse.org

64

Representative

Clint Penzo

479-466-6681

clint.penzo@arkansashouse.org

88

Representative

Rebecca Petty

479-621-3464

rebecca.petty@arkansashouse.org

94

Representative

Aaron Pilkington

479-308-8384

aaron.pilkington@arkansashouse.org

69

Representative

Mathew W. Pitsch

479-883-2072

mathew.pitsch@cox.net

76

Representative

Chris Richey

870-995-2499

chris.richey@arkansashouse.org

12

Representative

Marcus E. Richmond

479-299-4416

marcus.richmond@arkansashouse.org

21

Representative

Laurie Rushing

501-276-3018

laurie.rushing@arkansashouse.org

26

Representative

Johnny Rye

870-919-3690

johnny.rye@arkansashouse.org

54

Representative

Warwick Sabin

501-372-4550

wsabin@wsabin.org

33

Representative

Matthew J. Shepherd

870-862-2087

matthew.shepherd@arkansashouse.org

6

Representative

Brandt Smith

870-351-7459

brandt.smith@arkansashouse.org

58

Representative

James J. Sorvillo

501-551-9571

sorvillo4house@gmail.com

32

Representative

Nelda Speaks

870-421-2552

nelda@neldaspeaks.com

100

Representative

James Sturch

870-612-7589

james.sturch@arkansashouse.org

63

Representative

Dan Sullivan

870-275-2929

dan.sullivan@arkansashouse.org

53

Representative

Dwight Tosh

870-926-0423

dwight.tosh@arkansashouse.org

52

Representative

Clarke Tucker

501-379-1767

clarke.tucker@arkansashouse.org

35

Representative

DeAnn Vaught

870-832-2638

deann.vaught@arkansashouse.org

4

Representative

John W. Walker

501-374-3758

johnwalkeratty@aol.com

34

Representative

Jeff Wardlaw

870-226-9501

jeff@jeffwardlaw.com

8

Representative

Les Warren

501-623-4405

les@hstitle.com

25

Representative

Danny Watson

870-703-5524

danny.watson@arkansashouse.org

3

Representative

David Whitaker

479-236-8313

david.whitaker@arkansashouse.org

85

Representative

Jeff Williams

479-445-8266

jeff.williams@arkansashouse.org

89

Representative

Carlton Wing

501-416-4926

carlton@carltonwing.com

38

Representative

Richard Womack

870-403-6287

richard@richardwomack.com

18

Stay tuned!

Be sure to share our alerts with your family and friends!

Your friends and family may also sign up to receive our Action Alerts by clicking here.

As always, you can find our email articles posted on our website: SecureArkansas.com.  The Search box is a handy tool.  For more information about a topic, just type it into the Search box on our website, and click Enter!
 

And remember:

 

Securing the blessings of liberty,

Secure Arkansas
securetherepublic.com/arkansas
info@securetherepublic.com


Disclaimer:

Legal Advice is Not Provided

The material in our emails/alerts and on our websites is only intended to provide general information and comment to the public. We make an effort to ensure that the information found in our emails/alerts and on our websites is accurate and timely, but we can’t and don’t guarantee that. Nor do we guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of any information contained on websites to which our websites or emails provide links.

Information found in our emails/alerts and on our websites should not be taken as legal advice. Legal matters can be complicated. For assistance with a specific legal problem or question, please contact a knowledgeable lawyer for assistance.

Report abuse

Comments

Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories

Register

Newsletter

Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.