Friday, August 29, 2014
Prop 46, a California ballot initiative to raise the 1975 non-economic damages cap from $250,000 to $1.1M, includes a rider: physician drug-testing. The two are joined in the "Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act of 2014." Download pdf here: Download Troyandalanapackpatientsafetyactof201400202344. I'm not a fan of non-economic damages caps (though I acknowledge problems with non-economic damages). Moreover, the cap increase strikes me as an easy call. The cap hasn't been raised in 39 years and the increase is just an inflation adjustment; I ran a quick inflation calculation and $250,000 in 1975 is approximately $1.1M. I do, however, object to the compound question nature of the initiative. These are very different issues and should be considered separately. The Sacramento Bee has details.