Ark. lawmakers weigh competing tort reform ideas

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Proposed ballot measures before the Arkansas Legislature would address overturned parts of a 2003 tort reform law.

The two proposals are among dozens of proposed constitutional amendments lawmakers are expected to consider after a Wednesday filing deadline. The Legislature can refer up to three proposed amendments to place on next year's ballot.

One proposal would give the Legislature the authority to write the rules and practices for the state's courts. Another proposal would place limits on lawsuits.

The most intense fighting may come over the two different responses to recent court rulings over a 2003 law aimed at placing caps on punitive damages in civil lawsuits.

Justices last year tossed out a part of the law that specified who would be considered an expert in medical malpractice cases.