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Close vote in House expected on med-mal reform bill (access required)

Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto of a medical malpractice reform bill appears to be headed for a razor-thin override vote in the state House. House Republicans could bring a vote this week to override the veto of Senate Bill 33, which limits the amount of money that certain victims of medical malpractice can collect for non-economic or quality-of-life damages, such as pain and suffering. The Republican-controlled Senate recently voted to override the veto, but the GOP will have a tougher job in the House. If all legislators are present and every Republican state representative votes in favor of the override, they will still need at least four Democrats to join them to reach the required three-fifths majority.

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