Freshman representative Beau Beaullieu joined Acadiana's Morning News today to talk about his first session in the legislature. Tort reform gained passage in the final hours of the special session and we discuss what that means.

The special session IS over and many tort reform advocates are celebrating a deal cut in the final few hours of the session that led to the passage of a reform bill that supporters say will lower auto insurance rates. The bill sets the jury trial threshold at 10,000 dollars, limits when an insurance company’s name can be mentioned in court, AND removes a ban on mentioning a crash victim’s seatbelt status.

Evangeline Parish Senator Heather Cloud celebrated the bill’s passage, saying it would help fix the ongoing crisis in commercial auto insurance markets.

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