Gov. Perry calls for expanded lawsuit Reform
POSTED: Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 6:45pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 6:51pm
The governor gave the keynote address at the Texas Public Policy Foundation's (TPPF) 9th Annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature. "As the ripple effects of the recession began to reach Texas, our sound policies helped us rebound quicker than other states and are now helping us lead the way to recovery," Gov. Perry said. "We must work together this session to strengthen the basic economic building blocks that have drawn new employers and jobs to our state to ensure Texas remains the best state to do business and raise a family." Balancing the budget while strengthening Texas' job-friendly climate - based on low taxes, predictable regulations, a fair legal system and world-class workforce - is a top priority for the governor and vital to the future of the state.
To keep Texas' legal system accountable, transparent and efficient, and maintain Texas' competitive economic position, the governor noted the need to expand lawsuit reform in Texas by:
• Creating an early dismissal option for frivolous lawsuits;
• Ensuring victims of frivolous lawsuits do not bear the financial burden of defending themselves through the creation of a "loser pays" system;
• Ensuring new laws cannot create causes of action unless expressly established by the Legislature; and
• Setting up expedited trials and limited discovery for lawsuits with claims between $10,000 and $100,000.
TPPF is a non-profit, non-partisan research institute that promotes and defends liberty, personal responsibility and free enterprise in Texas by providing academically sound research to lawmakers and policymakers.
The orientation brings together lawmakers, policy experts and interested citizens from across the political spectrum to discuss the most critical issues facing the state.