Governor Haley Signs Tort Reform Bill in State House Ceremony

Uncategorized | February 24th, 2014

Tort reform, important to the entire business community, was signed by Governor Nikki Haley in a ceremony outside her State House office with numerous business leaders and legislators looking on.

The Governor gave a thumbs up to the passage of this legislation she championed throughout the legislative session by holding A news conference to bring the importance the legislation to the public and legislators. She held frequent meetings with top legislative leaders as well.

The Governor restated her position concerning the vote for this legislation. She said, “A vote for this legislation was a vote for the business community. A vote against this legislation was a vote for trial lawyers.”

She congratulated the business community and the SC Civil Justice Coalition for their tireless push to see tort reform passed.

As House Speaker Bobby Harrell noted at the news conference, the tort reform bill passed the House of Representatives 100 to 7, and it passed the Senate by an overwhelming majority.

Governor Haley said there were other tort reform issues that have not been passed: loser pays and a cap on non-economic damages, perhaps setting the stage for further tort reform legislation.

The South Carolina Coalition for Lawsuit Reform (SCCLR) serves as the united voice for the business community on tort and workers' compensation issues; coordinating lobbying, legal, grassroots and public relations activities.