NV Court Orders Ballot Question Revision

(Sept. 20) -- An unusual weekend ruling by the Nevada Supreme Court forced a revision of wording on a ballot question pushed by doctors -- and prompted Secretary of State Dean Heller to say the court was biased in favor of trial lawyers who oppose the question.

The high court's split decision ordered changes in wording of the explanation of Question 3, the Keep Our Doctors in Nevada initiative. The court majority said the initial wording was deficient.

The question would cap awards for pain and suffering in medical malpractice suits at 350-thousand dollars and limit contingency fees lawyers can get for representing patients.

Heller says the court's majority order was --quote-- transparent in its bias toward the trial attorneys in this state."

Heller says his staffers worked through the weekend to comply with the order and notify county clerks around the state that they had to make last-minute changes in the sample ballots that must be printed and mailed out to voters.

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