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Nevada Supreme Court orders Secretary of State to respond to ballot question

The Nevada Supreme Court has ordered Secretary of State Dean Heller to respond to why a ballot question initiative pushed by the medical community should be included on the November 2, 2004 election ballot. A group led by the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association sued Heller over Question 3, which includes a statement saying doctors continue to leave Nevada “at an alarming rate”. Question 3 is known as the Keep Our Doctors in Nevada initiative and is the source of the question argument that statistics find to be untrue.

According to the board of medical examiners, an increase in doctors moving to Nevada is actually present, with the number of doctors with active licenses in Nevada continuing to increase every year since 1999. The lawsuit plaintiffs argue the ballot question is inaccurate and should be removed. The executive secretary and special counsel for the state board thinks the ballot is inaccurate and may be included to persuade voters to take action to approve Nevada medical malpractice caps.

If voters approve Question 3, awards for Nevada medical malpractice pain and suffering would be limited at $350,000 and lawyer contingency fees would be limited for representing patients.

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