On Wednesday, chamber president Steve Roberts said anecdotal evidence is that the new rules are effective, but said a year-long study to evaluate the appellate rules would be invaluable.
"We think this is a very, very good idea," Roberts said. "We applaud the leadership of the House of Delegates for taking this on."
Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum attended the news conference, and he welcomes a review of the new appellate process.
"If they tell us it's not working, we'll try something else," he said.
Thompson said he believes the Supreme Court and Legislature have taken numerous steps to improve the state's business climate, including last year creating a separate state business court to hear commercial litigation cases.
Nevertheless, he said, "We still get classified that we're not fair, that we're not impartial. We want to delve into the truth."
As a concurrent resolution, HCR44, has to be passed by both the House and Senate. Once adopted, the Joint Committee on Government and Finance would appoint a legislative interim committee to study the issue during monthly interim meetings from this June to January 2014.
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