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On legal issues, Zirkin, Frosh, Raskin all emerge from session with victories

Sen. Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin and Sen. Jamin B. “Jamie” Raskin speak on the Senate floor. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

A freshman committee chair looking to make his mark, a legislator-cum-attorney general seeing if he still has State House sparkle and a state senator eying a congressional seat were able to celebrate Tuesday as the General Assembly this just-completed session passed bills they championed.

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General Assembly raises tort claims damages caps

The General Assembly passed legislation in the final hour of its 2015 session to raise to $400,000 the liability cap for state, county and local governments for negligent acts that injure people. The legislature also increased to $800,000 the cap on a county or local government’s liability on any single claim, regardless of the number of plaintiffs.In addition, individuals injured through the negligence of county or city employees will have up to one year from the date of their injury to notify the locality of their intention to sue.

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Zirkin says he has no interest in splitting difference in damages cap

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.

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