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Zirkin says he has no interest in splitting difference in damages cap (access required)

The chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee said Friday he has no intention of settling for the mathematical middle ground between Senate- and House-passed legislation to raise the liability cap for state, county and local governments for negligent acts that injure people. The Senate's higher limit of $500,000 per harmed individual provides more appropriate compensation than the House's $300,000 limit, said Sen. Robert A. "Bobby" Zirkin, D-Baltimore County, although he said even the Senate limit is still woefully inadequate.