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Supporters, opponents of Proposition 46 make their case before Legislature
Sacramento Bee

One of the most contentious battles in the November election is over Proposition 46, an initiative to raise the cap for pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice lawsuits and require drug and alcohol testing for doctors. The high-stakes, big-money campaign has pitted insurance companies and medical care providers against consumer advocates and personal injury lawyers – the latest front in a decades-old fight.

Proponents of the measure are hoping the drug screening mandate will compel voters to more than quadruple the damages limit to $1.1 million, which would be the first adjustment to medical injury compensation in 39 years.