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  • Writer's pictureThe Brad Hendricks Law Firm

Take Action on SJR8

  1. Takes away our right to fight back in court

  2. Takes away our right to hire the legal representation we need to protect ourselves from corporate interests and insurance companies

  3. Puts an arbitrary, one-size-fits-all value on life

  4. Prevents juries from holding harmful entities accountable for causing harm

  5. Gives lobbyists and politicians control of our courts

Call and email your state senator TODAY. Not sure who your senator is? Click this link:

And, here is a link to the bill:

Here are a few things to consider when calling your senator:

Before you introduce yourself, consider your audience and try to tailor the conversation to the individual.

You might tell them you are happy that they are not listed as a sponsor on the bill. Then ask if they have taken a position on SJR8 or not. If they haven’t taken a position, start a conversation with them about the points listed below. If they are with us, thank them and encourage them to reach out and call you for help at any time. If aren’t with us, ask if they had considered some of the information listed below. Thank them for their time and offer to be of help in the future.

Now that you’re ready to talk with your senator, arm yourself with the talking points below.

1. SJR8 is a proposed constitutional amendment that takes away our 7th Amendment constitutional right to a jury trial. SJR8 is extremely dangerous for Arkansans because: SJR8 places an arbitrary, one-size-fits-all value on life.

a. This amendment is an attack on the value of human life, and holds that one life is worth more than another. An infant would not hold the same “economic” value as an adult, working man or woman.

b. The amendment encourages careless behavior by limiting “non-economic damages” that pay people back for very real harms caused by carelessness. Many very valuable members of our society have only “non-economic” harms they can suffer, like children and infants, unborn babies, the elderly, and stay at home moms.

2. SJR8 handcuffs local juries, leaving them unable to hold wrongdoers accountable for causing harm by limiting punitive damage awards.

a. Setting a pre-determined amount a jury may award negates the sacred function and duty of a local jury, who our Founders wanted to hear the facts of each individual case.

b. When a person is hurt or killed because someone else is careless, the careless person is required to pay money to the injured person to make up for the harm he or she caused – it is our system of accountability. Without punitive damage awards, harmful entities will only receive what amounts to a slap on the wrist for causing harm like continuing to make faulty GM ignitions and exploding Ford Pintos. SJR8 destroys the system of checks and balances that our Founding Fathers established.

3. The separation of powers safeguards our freedoms by preventing systematic abuse, and is a tenet of our democracy. SJR8 takes away our right to hire the legal representation we need to protect ourselves from corporate interests and insurance companies.

a. This bill limits contingency fees for plaintiff’s attorneys. This is a red herring thrown in to help pave the way to limiting an injured person’s recoveries.

b. Capping plaintiff’s attorney fees will make legal representation out of reach for many plaintiffs. Note that there is no proposed cap on defense attorney fees. How would a plaintiff have a level playing field against a corporation?

c. Contingency fees allow someone who might not be able to afford legal representation the ability to fight back and have their day in court. Fighting back against insurance companies and corporations takes significant time and money, not to mention the plaintiff’s attorney’s upfront investment that pays the cost of the case until a jury gives a verdict or a settlement is reached.

If you aren’t sure which senator is yours, please click here and enter your address: Our senators’ contact information is listed below:

Senator Bart Hester (District 1) 479-531-4176

Senator Jim Hendren (District 2) 479-787-6222

Senator Cecile Bledsoe (District 3) 479-636-2115

Senator Uvalde Lindsey (District 4) 479-444-6752

Senator Bryan King (District 5) 870-438-4565

Senator Gary Stubblefield (District 6) 479-635-4314

Senator Lance Eads (District 7) 479-435-5139

Senator Jake Files (District 8) 479-648-9216

Senator Terry Rice (District 9) 479-637-3100

Senator Larry Teague (District 10) 870-845-5303

Senator Jimmy Hickey, Jr (District 11) 903-824-8861

Senator Bruce Maloch (District 12) 870-235-7041

Senator Alan Clark (District 13) 501-262-3360

Senator Bill Sample (District 14) 501-624-3445

Senator David J. Sanders (District 15) 501-682-6107

Senator Greg Standridge (District 16) 479-968-1562

Senator Scott Flippo (District 17) 870-421-3420

Senator Missy Irvin (District 18) 870-269-2703

Senator Linda Collins-Smith (District 19) 870-378-1434

Senator Blake Johnson (District 20) 870-323-1766

Senator John Cooper (District 21) 870-761-0130

Senator David Wallace (District 22) 870-919-8046

Senator Ronald Caldwell (District 23) 501-682-6107

Senator Keith Ingram (District 24) 870-735-9580

Senator Stephanie Flowers (District 25) 870-535-1032

Senator Eddie Cheatham (District 26) 870-364-5659

Senator Trent Garner (District 27) 870-818-9219

Senator Jonathan Dismang (District 28) 501-766-8220

Senator Eddie Joe Williams (District 29) 501-286-9366

Senator Linda Chesterfield (District 30) 501-888-1859

Senator Joyce Elliott (District 31) 501-603-9546

Senator Will Bond (District 32) 501-396-5400

Senator Jeremy Hutchinson (District 33) 501-773-3760

Senator Jane English (District 34) 501-257-7670

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