Authors of an initiative that would raise California’s $250,000 cap on medical malpractice awards say they’re dropping efforts to qualify for the November 2020 ballot and will instead target the 2022 general election.

Backers of the measure, including plaintiffs lawyer Nicholas Rowley, a partner at Carpenter Zuckerman & Rowley, say they’ve collected 988,000 petition signatures. The number, if a high percentage of signatures are valid, would be more than enough to qualify for the November ballot. But advocates say waiting until 2022 will give them more time to get the signatures to elections officials.

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