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Bill to limit lawsuits headed to governor
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NASHVILLE (AP) — The state House on Monday approved Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s measure to place limits on payouts from successful lawsuits in Tennessee.The chamber voted 72-24 to pass the bill carried by Republican Rep. Vance Dennis of Savannah that would place a $750,000 cap on non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.The bill gained the votes of 63 Republicans and eight Democrats, while 24 Democrats and one independent voted against it. State Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma, voted for the measure, while state Rep. Charlie Curtiss, D-Sparta, voted against it.The Senate would have to approve the companion bill before it could head for the governor’s signature.Supporters cast the bill as a job creation measure.