Minnesota Senate Keeps Cap on Payments to Worst-hurt Bridge Victims

March 18, 2008

The Minnesota Senate has voted against lifting a state liability cap as they consider a compensation fund for victims of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse.

By a 53-9 vote, the Senate stuck with a $400,000 cap on settlements for those hurt and those who lost family members in the disaster. After the failed attempt to change the payment structure, the bill later passed unanimously.

Senator Ron Latz, the bill’s sponsor, argued that capping compensation would be the fairest to victims of other incidents.

Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller (POHG’-uh-mill-er) says there was nothing the victims could have done to prevent the bridge collapse, and the state shouldn’t let them be financially ruined through medical bills and lost wages.

A competing House version doesn’t limit awards to individuals. A conference committee will attempt to reconcile the two approaches.

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  • March 18, 2008 at 4:40 am
    Mike D says:
    I agree we need caps but I think they are being set at too low a number..I have to think that 750K would be a more realistic and appropriate number as this would help those wh... read more
  • March 18, 2008 at 1:48 am
    Mark says:
    Yeah, let's face it, every state can't follow California's lead!
  • March 18, 2008 at 1:31 am
    Mike says:
    It's gotta be that way. It sounds harsh, but without caps on states and municipality liabilities imagine taxes trying to cover their insurance bills with the way crazy jury v... read more
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