WPR News
9:41 pm
Wed November 3, 2004

Closer Check Appears Two Amendments Failed

Laramie, Wy – Unofficial results from the Secretary of
State's office has two of the four constitutional amendments
passing and two failing.
Voters rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would
have let lawmakers consider limiting jury awards for pain and
suffering in medical malpractice lawsuits, but backed a companion
measure aimed at weeding out frivolous lawsuits.
Unofficial tallies show the caps Amendment "D" failed
outright, with 114,829 votes yes and 118,090 votes against. The
measure would have given the Legislature power to limit the amount
of non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, in medical
malpractice lawsuits.
But Amendment "C" barely passed with 123,957 yes votes and
109,998 no votes. The measure would allow legislators to establish
a panel to review a medical malpractice case before it reaches the
courts.
For a constitutional amendment to pass in Wyoming, it needs a
simple majority of votes cast in the general election. In this case
that would be at least 122,824 votes.
Voters approved outright a separate amendment that allows the
Legislature to give local governments more leeway in spending money
on economic and industrial development projects.
And another measure, Amendment "A," fell about a thousand
votes short of the majority needed. The measure would have allowed
the state to collect more money from school districts rich with
mineral wealth and redistribute it to poorer districts.