Ky. Senate passes bill to create review panels

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would create panels of medical experts to review pending legal claims against health care providers.

The 23-13 vote Wednesday evening came after a contentious debate. A series of proposed changes by Democratic Sen. Ray Jones II were ruled out of order.

The measure now goes to the House, where it faces a much tougher challenge. The bill would create three-member expert panels to review evidence in cases.

Supporters say the bill would reduce frivolous lawsuits without denying people access to the courts.

Opponents said the review panels would give an upper hand to defendants in malpractice cases.

Influential groups have weighed in on the measure. Supporters include the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, while opponents include AARP.

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The legislation is Senate Bill 119.

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