South Carolina Civil Justice Coalition Tort Reform Efforts
Articles | January 13th, 2015
In the areas of tort reform and workers compensation, SCCJC has made significant legislative progress strengthening the business climate for current and future businesses and industries in South Carolina.
Tort reform passed by the SC General Assembly in 2005 and 2011 moved the state into a more business friendly atmosphere, and in 2007 the work on Workers’ Compensation brought significant changes at the commission, again making South Carolina a better place to run businesses.
Following the 2012 Legislative Session, SCCJC evaluated the laws, state regulations and judicial decisions that affected the state’s business climate. It also looked at major tort reform successes in other states, especially those states we compete with for new and expanding businesses and industry. Following this review, S.773 and S.788 were introduced in May of 2013 and five Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearings were held during the 2014 session, taking up each of these key components. Although neither bill passed, progress was made in educating legislators about the key tort reform measures contained in these bills. The bills have been recently updated and reintroduced for the 2015 session as S.281 and S.282, respectively. The Coalition will strongly push for their passage.
SCCJC continues to be a leader and major player in those civil justice issues that make South Carolina a strong, business-friendly state.